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      Companies warn of utility payment scam

      U tility companies are warning customers of a bill payment scam.

      The scammers promise to pay a customer's utility bill and then collect personal information. They convince customers that a new federal program, established by the Obama administration, provides utility bill payment credits. Customers are asked to provide a Social Security number and, in some cases, a bank routing number. There are no reports of anyone in upper M ichigan falling victim to the scam.

      Utilities want to remind people never to give out personal information to anyone during a telemarketing call or door-to-door solicitation.

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