Once again, the nation’s most notorious cold-weather scam is red-hot, with a blizzard of warnings from utility companies about the shutoff swindle. In this years-old scheme, impostors call customers and threaten to cut off their power unless they immediately pay a bogus bill.
This isn't just cold, this is a life-threatening freeze that's breaking decades-old records across a huge swath of the country. So far, 20 storm-related deaths have been reported, including three people in Chicago who died while shoveling snow.
Recent falling temperatures in parts of the U.S. have prompted a new wave of a time-tested power play - fraudsters posing as utility company workers who threaten to shut off your service because of supposedly unpaid bills.
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