KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 29, 2012 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is warning its customers to be aware of a multi-state scam that has made its way to Kissimmee. The scam targets utility customers and aims to steal identities and utility payments.
Under the scam, customers are being told that President Obama has approved special funding through the Federal Reserve Bank for utility bill assistance. There is no such funding.
Through automated phone calls, in person door-to-door visits, and online solicitation, the scammers are asking customers for personal information, such as social security identification numbers. They then provide victims with a fraudulent bank routing number with which to pay their utility bills.
“Several customers have notified us that they had been contacted in recent days,” said Susan Postans, vice president of customer service. “Customers who believe they have been victimized by the scam should contact us at 407-933-9800.”
The scam has also been reported in several other states.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent