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For Immediate Release: May 28, 2004
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Warns of Gasoline Rebate Scam

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 funds.

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 account.

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 Energy Commission.

Also see the Urban Legends Website at: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/gascoupon.asp

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