Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ageless and Evergreen--the Obama Utility Payment Scam.

Six years into Obama's presidency, the myth that he is magically paying all kinds of bills is alive and well. If you are paying your Detroit water bill online, you will see a warning to not give your bank account number to someone who says they are part of the Obama utility relief fund.  The scam is so old and widespread that it even hit the urban legend big leagues: debunking by Snopes.

What to do if you are having a utility payment problem?  First, contact the utility and ask what relief plans they know of. If you live in an area that has a 211service, try calling that number for utility help.  Another source of help is your state's public utility commission.  Search their website or call them for more information.

If it's heating bills--and tis getting near the season--find the Liheap program for your state.  Also, find the Community Action Agency that covers your area.  But of someone goes looking for you, and particularly if they ask for bank information,vrun the pther way fast.

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