Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Spokesman Anthony Rodriguez says the scam claims that President Barack Obama has made funding available through a new federal program to help consumers pay their utility bills.
Rodriguez says the scammers are contacting consumers using a variety of methods with the hope of gaining access to the consumer’s personal information.
Rodriguez says the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has information on its website about the guidelines legitimate utility solicitors must follow according to Ohio law.
Rodriguez says if you feel that you have been the victim of this or any other scam, you should report it to your local law enforcement. Scams can also be reported to the Ohio Attorney General.
On a similar note, he says help is available for consumers who are having trouble paying their utility bills and meet certain qualifications.
For more information about the scam or about legitimate utility assistance, visit
Ohio Consumers’ Counsel website at www.pickocc.org
Ohio Attorney General at 1-800-282-0515
Harcatus Family Support:
New Philadelphia: 330-343-8770