: If you have any concerns regarding your account or encounter a suspicious situation, please contact
South Florida Educational FCU immediately.
Scam Claims President Obama Will Pay Your
The Better Business Bureau (BBB
) has issued a nationwide warning about a new scam claiming that President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program.
How the scam works:
Consumers have been contacted through telephone calls, fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.
To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumer's social security and bank routing numbers.
In return, customers are given a fraudulent bank routing number to pay their utility bills through the automated telephone payment service. The payment service initially 'accepts' the payment but then declines it within a few days when the bank account number is discovered to be fake.
The BBB has these tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
- Never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone who calls you, regardless of whom they claim to be representing.
- If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company and feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill.
- Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or have reported a utility problem. Also, ask utility employees for proper identification.
- Always think safety first. Do not give in to high pressure tactics over the phone for information or in person to get into your home.
For more information about identity theft scams, please visit BBB
To protect your account:
If you have been a victim of this scam:
- NEVER respond to a text message or phone call that requests personal or account information.
- For more information on Phishing/Vishing/Smishing, click here.
- We will never ask you for personal or financial information via text messages, phone calls or emails.
- Monitor your financial accounts (deposit and credit card accounts) on a regular basis.
- Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint with the
Internet Crime Complaint Center.
- Report the telephone number(s) to your local carrier immediately so it can attempt to shut it down.
- Immediately report any unauthorized transactions by contacting us directly.
- To report any scams to the Credit Union send an email to
to view previous scams.