Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Residents warned of utility bill scam
The Pee Dee Electric Cooperative in Florence County is warning the public in surrounding counties that there is a utility bill scam going around.
The scam claims that a federal program created by President Obama will help residents pay their utility bill. This is not true.
If someone tells you he does and tries to sell you a voucher for such payment, it’s a scam.
According to the Better Business Bureau, identity thieves are preying on vulnerable Americans across the nation by claiming that a new federal aid program will pay their utility bills. Scammers are getting their messages out through phone calls, fliers, social media, texting messages and in some local cases, scammers are making door-to-door visits. Victims receive a bogus bank routing number to pay their bills, in exchange for providing their Social Security numbers and bank credentials.
More than a dozen Pee Dee Electric Cooperative customers in the Johnsonville/Hemingway area of Florence County have fallen prey to the scam.
Residents should not disclose any personal information, and should not let anyone into their homes unless an appointment is scheduled or a person has proper identification. Never trust caller ID to let you know where a caller is located, because scammers may use internet calling technology, the area code you see may not reflect where they really are.
For more information visit www.scnow.com.
Youth Football Any kids between 5 and 13 interested in signing up for community football can find the registration forms at St. Stephen Town Hall. Sign up by Aug. 10 at Town Hall, Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. If more information is needed, call 567-3597.
Congratulations A retirement celebration dinner was given on Sunday, July 22 in honor of Mrs. Lillian Ballentine who has retired after 20 years of service with the Town of St. Stephen. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy retirement!
Birthday Wishes Happy Birthday to Tyler Brown, Gary Grunsky, Bennie Hale, Priscilla Lail, Darlene McMakin, Mark McMakin, Janice Mitchum, Jennifer Moody, Sheila Moody, Jerry Morris, Ashlynn Peery, Jule Spencer, Jamie Wadford and Robert Wadford.
Senior Appreciation There are several senior friends and loved ones in the community nursing home in St. Stephen. If any of you would like to show your appreciation by visiting or mailing a card, the address for the local nursing home is: Lake Moultrie Nursing Home, 1038 McGill Lane, St. Stephen, SC 29479.
Prayers and Get Well Take time out of your busy day to pray for and to offer best wishes to David Ayers and family, Meta Borop, Ruth Brassell, Gene Browder, Ernestine Huxford-Conrad, Frank Conrad, Claudia Guerry, Dorothy Harris, Louise Harris, Ann Hess, Lois Hood, Gail Humbert, Eloise Judy, Earline Brown-May, Louise McMakin, Janice Mitchum, Betty Rich Morris, Louise Rich, Pedro Rivera III, Trey Smith, Georgia Thames, Aileen Welch, Mae Welch and for any unspoken prayers needed. Pray for our troops (land, air and sea) in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and all around the world, for them to be protected as they protect us. Keep in prayer Gov. Haley and her family, all Veterans, SC Masons, SC Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbow families, and our school system in Berkeley County.
Condolences Heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the families and friends of Dorothy “Dot” McKenzie Gatlin and Joel White. Have a blessed week! If you have news to share, contact Betty Delk at firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Wednesdays, the week before all scheduled events. Mail items to 195 Crest Lane, St. Stephen, SC 29479, or call 567-4370.