This message was received from a Valley Fire survivor regarding a scam that may affect more than one individual. For your information, here is the message:
Last week I received an alert from my bank stating that a Collection Agency had added a notice to my Credit Report. I called the Agency and it appeared as though I had a bill from AT&T for $238.00. As I have all of my records from closing AT&T after the fire (which I did the first week following), I called to find out what was going on. I had even received a credit from AT&T. I gave them my account number and it showed I was being truthful. They said that I had another account with them and I said not that I knew about.
They suggested I call the collection agency to get the account number in question. I did and they gave it to me. I called AT&T back with the account number and was told that the account was opened the end of September 2015 and that AT&T closed it the end of January 2016 for non payment. They said that I had internet and phone service at the address where my home was. I was being charged for the internet equipment and there were 70 minutes worth of local calls during that time. I explained that was impossible as there is no home at the address. I never received a bill. As it turned out, whomever set this up used my street address as the mailing address. In Middletown, if you live too close to the Post Office they will not deliver to your street and they will send it back to sender.
I asked a local AT&T lineman if he would vouch for me regarding our empty lot if AT&T would not drop it and he agreed that he would. He also said that this is not the first time he has heard of this.
The collection agency suggested that I wait a week and check back to see if they were told to remove the collection. I did today and it has been removed. I just want the County to be aware in case others are being scammed. I think I will post on Facebook as well.
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