Warning issued for utility customers

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s public utilities and the attorney general’s office are warning customers about phone scams that have been reported.

Electric Power Associations of Mississippi says a caller in one of the scams asked the victim to provide personal bank account information and the bank routing number to pay off the victim’s electric bill.

Atmos Energy says another scam promises federal stimulus money for utility bills in exchange for a customer’s personal information. The scam artist provides a bank routing number that, supposedly, has an account with funds to pay past due bills. Officials say there is no such program.

In another version, a caller saying he represents a community action agency will pay a person’s utility bills if that person sends part of the amount owed through PayPal or Western Union.

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