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07/12/2012 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has been made aware of a multi-state scam that has made its way to the Lower Florida Keys and has targeted approximately 20 local residents. The scam targets utility customers and aims to steal identities and utility payments.

Under the scam, customers are being told that President Obama has approved special funding through the Federal Reserve Bank for utility bill assistance. There is no such funding.

Through automated phone calls, in person door-to-door visits, and online solicitation, the scammers are asking customers for personal information, such as social security identification numbers. They then provide victims with a fraudulent bank routing number with which to pay their utility bills.

“We are now aware that this scam has targeted customers within our service area (Key West to Seven-Mile Bridge),” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “KEYS’ customers should understand that no such federal funding exists and we will never solicit them to sign up for assistance programs through the channels used in this scam.”

KEYS advises customers who may have given out their personal information in the scam to contact Equifax to put a fraud alert on their consumer credit file. Customers can call 1-888-766-0008 or visit to submit a fraud alert. Additionally, they can register an identity theft complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1-877-438-4338.

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