Ameren customers in Illinois and Missouri, beware of scammers trying to get your social security number. The Better Business Bureau reports the scammers are telling customers that President Obama wants to apply a 15-hundred dollar credit to their utility bill. Customers are then asked to make a payment using a bogus routing number along with the numbers that appear on their Social Security cards.

Ameren officials urge customers not to fall for the trick and to only use authorized Ameren payment methods to apply any credits or payments to their accounts. There are no plans for any government group to pay your power bills.

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