Consumers warned of electric bill scam

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MADISON—That utility bill you received by email for $500, $524 or $524.30?

It's a fake, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The department said it has received a handful of complaints from consumers who received a fraudulent bill for utility services from “Energy Billing Service” or “Energy Billing System.”

The email addresses from which the scams originate are different, but many of the addresses appear to be based overseas.

In addition, WE Energies informed the agency that more than 50 of its customers have reported similar messages to the company's call center.

The email messages include a link to “view your most recent bill.” Clicking that link could cause you to accidentally download a malware package or could direct you to a scam website where you are prompted to turn over personal or banking information.

As with any other unsolicited email or text message from an unknown source, the department says to delete it and take no further action.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an email to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline at 1-800-422-7128.

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