Beware: President Barack Obama isn't helping utility customers pay their bills.
A scam circulating on fliers and through social media and text messages claims that the president is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.
To receive the money, the scam artists claim they need the customers' Social Security and bank routing numbers. In return, customers are given a false bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills.
Progress Energy customers in Florida and the Carolinas have been hit with the scam. The utility does not contact customers to obtain personal information.
In addition, the company encourages customers and others not to open their door for utility workers unless they can confirm the person's identity.
Other than in emergencies or safety-related issues, there are almost no instances when a Progress Energy employee would come to a customer's home unannounced and ask to enter to perform work or provide a service.
If in doubt about a utility employee's identity, keep the door closed and locked and call Progress Energy's customer service center toll-free at 1-800-700-8744.