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Utilities payment scam perpetrated through Facebook is under investigation


At least two fraud complaints were filed by Carolina residents involving a scam through Facebook in which they were tricked into sending payments after being promised alleged federal funds to be applied toward utility and housing expenses.

By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Police officers from Carolina’s southern precinct investigated at least two fraud complaints filed on Thursday morning where residents of the Estancias del Parque urbanization in Carolina were subjects of a scam through Facebook in which they were promised alleged federal funds for the payment of electricity, water and housing costs.


In the first case, the plaintiff reported that last Saturday, July 30, she sent $300 to an individual through the ATH Móvil application after she was told on social media (Facebook) that there were federal funds available for electricity payments.


Later, when she contacted LUMA Energy to verify the information, she was informed that it was a fraud and the current balance on her account was $899.


Meanwhile, in a second incident, another party alleged that on July 28 she sent $70 to a man through ATH Móvil after she was informed through Facebook that there were federal funds for electricity, water and house payments.


Later, when she contacted LUMA Energy to verify, she was told that it was a fraud and that she should file a complaint with the police.


The cases were investigated by agents Elliot Vélez and Rical Álvarez, respectively, from the Carolina South precinct, and referred to personnel from the Carolina Criminal Investigation Corps.

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