Taneisha Morris, 33, of Detroit, who was scammed on paying a utility and satellite television invoice is shown in Detroit, Thursday, July 12, 2012. A national scam touting a new federal program from President Barack Obama is taking advantage of electric utility customers in several states. The scammers are telling utility customers that President Obama or the federal government will provide credits of up to $1,000 to help offset utility costs. Around the country, the scam has also been spread through text messages, social media and fliers. The scam artists are asking for customers to provide credit card and Social Security numbers.
published Friday, July 13th, 2012