Utilities Warn Customers About 'Obamacare' Scam

Scammers Claim President Will Pay Utility Bills

Indianapolis utility companies are warning consumers about a scam in which customers are told that President Barack Obama has authorized a federal program to pay their utility bills.

Citizens Energy Group and Indianapolis Power and Light Company said in a news release that a number of customers of both utilities have been contacted by someone telling them that a new federal program or "Obamacare" will pay for their utilities.

Customers have been contacted in person and through fliers, social media and text messaging, according to the Better Business Bureau.

The scammers are telling customers that Obama is providing credits if customers provide their Social Security and bank routing numbers.

In return, customers are given invalid bank information to use to pay their utility bills.

Any customer who receives calls or visits from someone claiming to represent Citizens Energy or IPL should immediately call the customer service number provided on their utility bills or request to see the visitor's company-issued identification.

All IPL and Citizen employees carry company-issued identification badges.

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