Many of us receive an email from our electric companies or co-ops with statements for our energy bills coming due. It’s around the time of the month (or billing cycle) when I start looking for my on-line bill.
These days, I am stashing the bucks aside to pay the high heating bills from this very cold winter, and, indeed, I did receive one such email on February 13, 2014, but it was not from my electric co-op.
I noticed that my account number was incorrect, the billing date was from yesterday, and the co-op’s logo was not on the email.
So, heads up – another web scam is in the ethers.
The Scam (sic)
Email Subject: Energy Billing System – Billing Statement
Your latest Energy bill is now available to view online.
Account Number : 0095869141
Bill date: 02/12/2014
Total Amount Due: $524.30
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I called my co-op.