Exchange Bank, a local bank with locations in Milledgeville, Gray, and Lake Oconee Georgia
The Better Business Bureau has these tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
- Never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting to anyone who calls you, regardless of whom they claim to be representing.
- 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.
(Source: Special Alert from JHA – ACH Fraud Mitigation Guidance –
Utility Bill Scam, July 10, 2012)