COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) –
To add to the chill of winter some cyber criminals are trying to take advantage of unsuspecting Ohioans to make some money off of phony utility bills.
This scam is hitting the email inboxes of residents across the state.
The Attorney General’s office has received more than 30 reports in the past two weeks.
“With bitterly cold temperatures affecting the state, you might expect your utility bill to be higher than usual,” Attorney General MikeDeWine warned. “But if you’re receiving unexpected utility bills from a company that’s not your utility company, it’s likely a scam. Don’t respond to the message and don’t make a payment unless you have proof you owe the money.”
In a typical variation of the scam, a consumer receives an email message claiming to be from PG&E or another out-of-state utility company.
The emails look legitimate.
The message often claims the consumer owes money and may contain a link to view the consumer’s account or most recent statement.
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