Sacramento - The California Energy Commission warns consumers to
be wary of anyone who contacts you to say they want to give you
money and asks for your checking account number to deposit the
The new spin on that scam involves someone contacting Sacramento
residents by telephone to inform them that they are eligible for a
gasoline rebate program. The caller claims the program is sponsored
by the California Energy Commission. The caller then requests
checking account information from the victim to deposit the rebate.
There is no gasoline rebate program sponsored by the Energy Commission!
Consumers are warned to never give out their checking account information
to someone they do not know, who is offering to transfer money into their
Anyone with questions about this or similar scams is urged to call the
California Department of Consumer Affairs' Consumer Hotline at 1-800-952-5210,
the local office of the Better Business Bureau (check your phone book for
listing), or in the case of the phony gasoline rebates, the California
Also see the Urban Legends Website at: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/gascoupon.asp