St. Louis County Police sounding another scam alert.
This time, criminals are targeting Ameren customers. The thieves are calling customers and demanding payment of their bill or they could have their power disconnected. The criminals insist on payment by a Green Dot MoneyPak card. Police say this is tricky, because as soon as you give a thief the PIN number on the card, your money is gone.
Ameren wants to remind customers, they will never demand payment over phone and do not ask for personal information such as a Social Security or bank account number.
If you suspect someone is impersonating an Ameren Missouri employee, end the conversation and immediately call Ameren Missouri, 1.800.552.7583.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The chief federal judge in southern Illinois is warning citizens not to fall for a telephone scam involving jury duty and possible identity theft.
U.S. District Judge David Herndon says the caller poses as a court official and threatens prosecution for shirking jury duty. The caller then tries to extract confidential data from the call's recipient.
Herndon warns the calls don't involve actual court officials, are bogus and could be used for identity theft and fraud if the person called divulges such things as his or her Social Security or credit card numbers.
The judge adds federal courts don't require anyone to provide sensitive information by telephone, with most legitimate contact taking place by mail.
Herndon urges anyone who gets such a call to notify the local federal court clerk.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Victims of this week's Missouri floods are being warned of possible scammers.
Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long issued a statement Thursday cautioning residents to be alert for identity thieves posing as government officials or charity workers offering help. Long says the scammers may request personal information, such as a Social Security number. The sheriff says the scammers might also go through trash and flood debris set out for disposal.
Other threats come from people representing fake charities who pressure potential donors for cash contributions for flood relief.
The sheriff also says natural disasters tend to attract shoddy contractors known as "storm chasers" who go door-to-door claiming to specialize in flood repair. Long says it's a good idea for homeowners to contact their insurance carriers for names of approved contractors.
An nationwide email scam is popping up in Missouri.
The email claims that the recipient is owed millions in unclaimed property. The email typically comes from someone named Alex James and says that the money comes from a dead relative. The sender then asks for personal information to claim the prize.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel reminds everyone that they can check for unclaimed property at showmemoney.com.
Police have received calls about various scams using the Green Dot cards. On one call are resident said he had won a million dollars and a new car, but had to pay a $400 IRS fee before getting his prizes. The victim loaded the money onto a Green Dot prepaid card and gave the caller the information. That resident called police when he received another call saying he needed to send $4000 on prepaid cards to get the prizes.
Police say do not send money to anyone calling you about the cards.