Resident reports scam
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:46 am
The Messenger, March 6, 2012
A Union City resident has reported a scam to The Messenger that she wants to make others aware of so they don’t get taken.
The resident said she received a letter addressed to her recently-deceased daughter allegedly from a collection agency. The agency alleged it was trying to collect a $275.21 bill for AT&T, but the resident said she knew she had paid her daughter’s final telephone bill.
The alert resident called AT&T and found there were no outstanding bills owed on her late daughter’s account and that the address listed as an AT&T address on the letter from the collection agency was not an AT&T address.
The resident said she encourages others to investigate any outstanding bills which come from collection agencies.
Anyone receiving such notices can also look for other tips that can lead to them being fradulent. This particular notice came in an envelope with a Needham Heights, Mass., address; was postmarked in Holliston, Mass.; had a Newton, Mass., address for the collection agency; and listed a Boston address for the payment to be billed.