NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Scammers are using a high profile figure to con money from Nashville Electric Service customers.
The scammers claim President Obama is helping pay their power bills. They provide a checking account number, and in the process get the customer's personal data.
The payment goes through at first, but the bill comes back unpaid in a few weeks.
"Anytime you are asked to provide a Social Security number or personal info, we don't do that; NES and most utilities do not either. If you are being asked to provide personal information you need to realize that this is a scam," said Tim Hill with NES.
NES said they are not sure how many customers have been duped, but transactions have been ranging anywhere from $100 to $2,000.
The scam has hit several utilities in different states, some reporting as many as 10,000 known cases.
Customers who have doubts about the legitimacy of any call should contact NES Customer Relations directly at (615) 736-6900.