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Fraudulent Heating Assistance Calls Reported in Ohio

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency is warning residents of fraudulent calls involving an energy assistance program.

The agency says clients are receiving calls from an agency identifying themselves as a "HEAP" provider or in some cases, from "The Energy Assistance Program".

The callers asks for personal information including bank account numbers and social security numbers.

The agency says the calls are coming from a 1-800 number and in all cases, the caller states "HEAP" was awarded extra money to assist customers because of the recent cold snap and that bank account information is needed in order to credit the award to their bank account.

The actual HEAP program does not include deposits into bank accounts. Instead, they credit a customer's energy bill.

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