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Energy bill scams pop into Ohio inboxes
Scammers send emails pretending to be energy companies
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Computer users should be aware of scam energy bills
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Many Ohioans are afraid to open their energy bills after the extremely cold weather Ohio has seen in recent weeks.

Dan Tierney with the Ohio Attorney General’s office says scammers are using that fear to prey on Ohioans through the internet. Tierney says 30 Ohioans have reported receiving suspicious online bills for energy usage during the past couple of weeks.

TIERNEY ON SCAM EMAILS

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“Scammers found email addresses and are spamming it out there, pretending to be a utility company, PG&E, which is based in California, saying people owe for gas and electric bills," Tierney says. "Of course, PG&E does not provide service to Ohio, so that’s a dead giveaway that it’s a scam right there and they are just trying to get people to send money or give information that might lead to identity theft.”

Tierney says if Ohioans get this email, they should report it to the attorney general’s office and not reply to the email with any information.

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