Now, the scam. This is interesting. “Scammers committing a particularly painful form of identity theft appear to have hit on just the right formula to trick thousands of victims.” They are capitalizing on the heat wave and the power outage in the Northeast. And, by the way, forgive me here, folks, but Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, the suburbs, we would have to say that’s our national capital. You might even say it’s the capital of the world, and we still have people without power after a week in the United States of America in our national capital. It’s a different day. We can’t restore power in over a week in the area surrounding the nation’s capital? We Americans can’t get that done somehow? Gotta be a union involved. But that’s another thing.

Here’s what the scammers are doing. These criminals are marching across the country and focusing primarily on areas where the power has been out for quite a while, state to state, knocking on doors, telling people that they are from the government and that they are offering a special federal government assistance program that they are describing as a bailout authorized by Obama to pay their utility bills. “Victims are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, but only after they ‘register’ by surrendering their Social Security numbers and other personal information.”

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