NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Some local residents have been hit by a new utility scam.
Officials from Nashville Electric Service said that false information that the federal government will pay your utility bill has spread over Facebook and Twitter, as well as via email, door-to-door flyers and face-to-face encounters.
Scammers are telling customers that President Obama has approved special funding through the Federal Reserve Bank for utility bill assistance However, there is no such funding
"NES has received several reports from business and residential
customers who have been targeted by this scam," said Teresa Corlew, NES VP
& Chief Customer Care Officer. "We urge our customers to be leery of anyone
posing as an NES employee asking for personal information."
NES has reminded all customers that their employees always carry proper identification when they come to a home and they never contact customers requesting personal information such as bank account or Social Security numbers.