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LIPA Warns About Billing Scam

Consumers told of fake program to pay utility bills.

The Long Island Power Authority is warning customers about a new nationwide utility bill scam claiming that President Barack Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program. While there have been no reports of customers victimized by this latest scam, LIPA encourages anyone contacted to notify local law enforcement officials in your area to investigate.

How the scam works:

Consumers have been contacted in person, through fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.

To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumers' social security and bank routing numbers. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills. In reality, there is no money, and customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not.

LIPA encourages customers to use the following tips from the Better Business Bureau to avoid falling for this scam:

  • Never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone or at your home unless you initiated the contact and feel confident with whom you are speaking.
  • If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company and feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill.
  • Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or have reported a utility problem. Also, ask utility employees for proper identification.
  • Always think safety first. Do not give in to high pressure tactics over the phone for information or in person to get into your home.
The Edumacator June 27, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Every month I am the victim of a billing scam by LIPA. Sandusky style.
S.Stein of New York June 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
You all took the (very funny) words right out of my mouth! LiPA is...
Lisacastalano June 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Dealing with LIPA in my opinion is difficult to say the least..I am still laughing at some of the comments!
Nancy Evans Figat July 03, 2012 at 04:46 PM
My electric off since May 18th. 12.Fraud so bad courts & DSS banks all involved.
Nancy Evans Figat July 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
ex Mike Figat bribes the LIPA employees to shut off my power.Then bribes DSS not to help me. Bribes judges so I was never able to get child support 12 yrs. Top that off with he has been claiming me & son Brandon 12 yrs as exemptions. Where does he live?

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