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July 9--  The Altamaha EMC in Lyons is alerting the public to a scam according to a press release issued today.

"Altamaha EMC reports that electric customers nationwide are falling victim to a scam that uses President Barack Obama's name in an effort to obtain personal information.  Scammers claim the government will help pay utility bills for residential customers through a special federal program. It's a ruse to obtain personal information such as Social Security numbers and banking information that they use to steal victims' identities.  Scammers are conning victims by going door to door, posting fliers or contacting them by phone, email, text-message and other social media.

After the crooks obtain the victims' personal information, scammers give them a phony bank routing number to pay their bills. Of course, no government funds are applied to their accounts and the full balance of their bills remains due.

Altamaha EMC warns customers not to allow people claiming to be utility employees into their homes without checking for proper identification.   All Altamaha EMC employees always carry photo identification and drive vehicles with the Altamaha EMC logo marked on the doors.  It also wants customers to know that Altamaha EMC employees don't ask for sensitive information such as social security numbers, bank account numbers, etc.

Tammye Vaughn, Manager of Marketing and Communications for Altamaha EMC, says, “Our employees typically visit a home only in response to a service call.  If you did not call us to request a service call, don’t allow anyone claiming to be an EMC employee into your home.  To verify the authenticity of anyone claiming to be an Altamaha EMC employee, call our office at 912-526-8181.”

Altamaha EMC encourages its customers to be vigilant at all times and to notify local police if they believe they are a victim of this fraudulent scheme.  Please warn family members or friends who may be susceptible to such schemes."