Consumer advocates are warning of scammers targeting Michigan residents looking for some too-good-to-be-true relief on utility bills.
The Better Business Bureau of West Michigan said there have been two reports from Kalamazoo and 10 reports from residents in Niles about the new scam, which is being perpetuated via text message, email, door-to-door sales and word-of-mouth.
The bureau said consumers are being misled into believing they are getting up to $1,000 from the government to help pay bills like gas, heat, electric — expenses that have likely spiked for many utility customers who cranked the air conditioning for relief during last week’s triple-digit heat wave.
The scammers are asking for personal bank account information in exchange for the government grant, the BBB said. The routing number used by the scammers is 12408524, and their supposed account number is 13419. MLive