Beware Of Scams, Texas Utility Groups Warn

Oct 21, 2013
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Utilities fraud accounts for 10 percent of identity theft in the country, according to the most recent numbers from the Federal Trade Commission. Texas has the third-highest number of fraud complaints in the nation, according to the FTC. Over $77 million was taken from consumers fraudulently in Texas in 2012, StateImpact Texas reports. In Texas, utility scams tend to become more common in the summer, as electricity use -- and power bills -- rises.

Source: Npr

Sometimes it's a knock on the door, with someone telling you they need to check your electrical wiring. Perhaps you've gotten a phone call threatening to cut off your power if you don't pay your electric bill immediately over the phone by credit card or within a half hour by wire transfer.

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