A company out of Flint, Michigan is operating a scam targeting those behind in rent, mortgage or utility payments, according to the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. While the company has not yet targeted the Riverbend, BBB investigators want area residents to remain vigilant.

The scam begins with the scammer approaching a potential victim with the promise of paying off a past-due rent, mortgage or utility bill, but the victim must first make a "good faith" payment in the amount of a couple of hundred dollars, according to BBB investigator Bill Smith.

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If you need to seek assistance with rent, utility or mortgage payments, Smith suggests you contact the utility company, your landlord, or your mortgage holder, inform them of your situation, and ask them to work with you on your payments. You can also seek assistance from local charities or the United Way. The United Way can be contacted at 2-1-1 from a landline, or 800-427-4626 from any phone.