Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation officials are warning members about a scam where telemarketers suggest a special federal program will help pay their power bills if they provide personal information, such as a bank routing number or their Social Security number.
"Often it seems, scammers will describe the supposed program as authorized by President Obama," said Chris Jones, MTEMC vice president of communications and member services.
We urge our members to guard their personal accounting and banking information and never share this information with friends or strangers.
Media reports suggest thousands of people nationwide have been taken in by the scam over the last few weeks. Better Business Bureaus in several states also have issued consumer warnings, as well as attorneys general in Mississippi, North Carolina and Arizona.