SCAM Alert - Federal Reserve Bank routing numbers cannot be used for Georgia Power bills
ATLANTA, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power has received reports of a new scam in which criminals sell Federal Reserve Bank routing numbers to customers with instructions to use the routing numbers to pay utility and other bills from nonexistent accounts. According to a news release from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta: Federal Reserve routing numbers are used for sorting and processing payments between banks. Any video, text, email, phone call, flyer, or website that describes how to pay bills using a Federal Reserve Bank routing number or using an account at the Federal Reserve Bank is a scam.
While Georgia Power's system may initially accept a Federal Reserve Bank routing number to process a payment, the payment will eventually be rejected and the customer's account could be subject to additional late fees or possibly disconnection.
Other reminders from Georgia Power to help avoid common scams and fraud:
Georgia Power continues to work with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to identify and prosecute criminals who pose as Georgia Power employees in order to defraud customers. The company encourages customers to report scams and fraud attempts to local law enforcement and to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/. Additional information about frequent scams and how the company works to protect customers is available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Scam.
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