The cold November weather is starting to make its mark, causing an increasing need to turn on the heat in our homes. This means that it’s important to become aware of some common winter scams that could come across your path.
You may get a call from someone claiming to a representative from your local electric or gas company saying your bill is overdue. They will threaten to turn your heat off if the bill isn’t paid immediately only by a prepaid debt card. Don’t fall for this tactic!
If you had any unpaid bills, your utility company will send you a letter in the mail addressing the issue. You can always directly call your company if you have any concerns.
Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.
Contact local law enforcement or the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or 1-877-908-3360 to report a scam or for more information on scam and fraud prevention.
To join our team of volunteer Fraud Fighters in Maine, contact Jane Margesson at 1-866-554-5380 for more information.
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