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The Shut Off Swindle: Scam Alert

Known as the ‘Shut Off Swindle’ a new sort of scam can be observed in the industry right now. Scammers dress up as utility workers and inform you your services might be interrupted because of unpaid bills. So why are they doing this? Do they want you to give them your payments or something else? The main objective of these scammers is to get your identity information so that they can commit theft using it.

If these ‘fake’ utility workers approach you, they will need your account details so that they can settle your bill.  They will want your full name, complete address, your social security number and your credit card number. But beware; do not share any of these details because all this is a scam, especially if you have paid all your bills.

The Shut Off Swindle is a crime that has been conducted for quite some time now. The scam has been at its peak during the summer or winter seasons. These are the times when you crave for comfortable indoor environments and so you fear that your services might actually be interrupted.

In recent times, the scam is being observed more than ever, and so many people have become a victim. Utility companies have also issued a warning to all their consumers. Until you are absolutely sure the workers belong to your subscribed utility company, do not pay any heed to whatever they say.

Is there any way that you can protect yourself? Yes, here is what we advise you.

Act smart

Before any utility company turns off your utilities, they give you several warnings.  No one does it immediately and you will receive a couple of notices before your services are disrupted. Still, if someone does threaten you with it call up the numbers on your bills and verify.

The caller ID can trick you

With the non-CLI technology widely in place, your caller ID can easily trick you into believing that you are getting a call from the utility provider. Do not fall for it; just call them back on the number that you have on your bills.

Utility workers on your door step are just scammers

No utility company sends their representatives to collect bills. If someone shows up at your home, be sure not to reveal any personal information.

Source: www.realestate.aol.com

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