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Tips for avoiding utility bill scams

Cheapism Logo By Mia Taylor of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 13: With millions of Americans unemployed, it should be no surprise scammers are busy at work. As the FBI noted recently, criminals are opportunistic, and the coronavirus has created a vulnerable population that scammers can prey upon. The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a similar warning, highlighting an increase in utility scams and a ploy designed to “dupe people out of their cash and personal information by convincing them their utilities will be shut off if they don’t pay.” Protect yourself from these and other similar appeals with these tips for avoiding utility bill scams.Related: Energy Assistance Programs in Every State

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With millions of Americans unemployed, it should be no surprise scammers are busy at work. As the FBI noted recently, criminals are opportunistic, and the coronavirus has created a vulnerable population that scammers can prey upon. The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a similar warning, highlighting an increase in utility scams and a ploy designed to “dupe people out of their cash and personal information by convincing them their utilities will be shut off if they don’t pay.” Protect yourself from these and other similar appeals with these tips for avoiding utility bill scams.

Related: Energy Assistance Programs in Every State

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