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Better Business Bureau warns of utilities scam

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 1:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 3:28 p.m. CDT

The Better Business Bureau is warning Northern Illinois residents of a recent scam involving individuals claiming to be utility company workers.

The scam artists claim to be from either ComEd or Nicor and have called consumers and businesses and demanded that they make payments on alleged delinquent accounts.

The callers ask that the consumer purchase a gift card or a Green Dot card and then call back to make a payment.

“If a consumer receives one of these calls they should never provide any personal or financial information to the caller,” Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois said in a news release. “Instead they should contact their utility company’s customer service department and verify that a call was made”.

The BBB has received numerous calls regarding the scam, including Sports Page Bar in Rockford that said it has received several calls assigned to a Pontiac, Ill. area. Consumers who called the BBB said the calls came from a blocked number, the release said.

If you suspect that a call is fraudulent or you may be a victim of a scam you should contact your local police department.

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