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Latest scam alert involves fake utility bills e-mailed to people

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin utility customers are being told to watch for fake bills in their inboxes.

State consumer protection officials say they've received complaints about e-mails from the "Energy Billing Service" or "Energy Billing System." The fake bills are in the range of $500 -- and people are asked to click on a link to review their most recent bills.

Consumer protection official Sandy Chalmers say the bills look real, but clicking on them could make you download malicious software. That could give your machine a virus, or lead to a fake Web site where someone will try steal your identity by coaxing out personal information.

The state also says that We Energies has received about 50 complaints from its customers about the e-mails.

We Energies offers e-mail billing, but the real subject line says "We Energies - My Account."  

If you receive the fake e-mails, you're urged to delete them. And if you have any suspicious, you're asked to call your utility or the state consumer protection office.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)