The below notice is really hard to believe but apparently it’s true. I got this Scam Alert off the So. Calif. Gas co. website.
Imposters falsely claim President Obama is paying utility bills
A scam aimed at utility customers has impacted many customers throughout the United States.
Unknown individuals are contacting Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) customers claiming President Barack Obama will directly pay the utility bills or provide credits. In some cases, scammers have asked for social security numbers in order to allow for credits or to apply payments to customers’ utility bills, presenting an identity-theft risk.
Scammers have been known to provide invalid routing numbers as part of the scam. These routing numbers have been obtained illegally and are owned by the Federal Reserve Bank, and are NOT connected to any valid bank accounts. If you use these routing numbers your payment WILL NOT be processed and the bill WILL NOT be paid.
If you provided any personal information, such as your bank account or social security number to someone other than a SoCalGas representative, you may be a victim of identity theft.
Any SoCalGas customers that have been affected by this scam will have the opportunity to make another payment and need to make the payment again using valid bank account information. Please make sure you do this promptly in order to prevent your account from becoming past due.
SoCalGas wants to assure you that our employees do not randomly call or text customers asking for social security numbers or other information, and Customers should verify the employee’s proper uniform and identification before letting anyone in the home or on their property. Customer safety is a top priority for SoCalGas and our employees will always be happy to wait while the customer confirms their identity. If you have any additional questions regarding this matter, please contact us at 1-800-427-2200.
We recommend that any SoCalGas customers who have fallen victim to this scam report the incident to their local law enforcement agency.