Business briefs for June 2-4
June 1, 2010
Gasoline prices in Utah below $3 again
Average retail gasoline prices in Utah have fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.73, according to gasoline price website UtahGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Utah during the past week, prices yesterday were 67.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 10 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 16.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 23.1 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.
State warns of debt collection scam
Francine Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce, recently announced the Utah Division of Consumer Protection has received complaints regarding a fake debt collection scam where Utah citizens are targeted by offshore scam artists using pre-paid cell phone numbers who give verbal threats they are going to damage a person’s Social Security Number, file a lawsuit against them and other actions unless the victim sends them money. "Scam artists are targeting Utah citizens who are already facing debt of their own and frankly don’t have the money to lose. We want to alert the public that these fraudsters are reviewing public court records and may be contacting citizens who have filed for bankruptcy or face other financial hardships," Giani said. Consumers are reminded not to give our personal account information, SSN numbers or other identifying information to strangers over the phone. Also, the Division is recommending that consumers not send any money through a wire transfer service unless the recipient is a trusted and known source. For more information log on to consumerprotection.utah.gov.