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Attorney General warns of utility bill payment scam

A new identity theft scam that is sweeping the country claims that Americans can get federal financial assistance to help cover the cost of their utility bills.

An alert was issued by Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office this week. Using in-person solicitations, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages, scammers are contacting customers and claiming that a new federal program established by the Obama Administration is providing free utility bill payment credits or applying payments on customers’ behalf. For more information, see the July 179edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.