Business and government leaders say some utility customers in Kentucky have been contacted regarding a phony scheme designed to steal the Social Security numbers of those who participate. Attorney General Jack Conway says victims are told that a new federal bail-out program will pay their utility bills for them, but no such program exists. Conway says the people behind the fraudulent activity are giving out false bank routing numbers in an attempt to get personal information from their victims.
Authorities say the scam artists are using e-mails, phone calls, and door to door visits to promote their activities. Several thousand utility customers in Florida and New Jersey have already been tricked by the scheme.