The Spam Report: Day #71: "PG&E Statement"
Over the course of the last week, I've received the same "PG&E Statement" email from three separate viewers. It's interesting in that PG&E is Pacific Gas and Electric which operates on the west coast, providing utility services primarily in California.
That's a long ways away from Wisconsin, leading these folks to worry that people would see this bill for "$559.7" and confuse it with MG&E, Madison Gas and Electric, which provides the same service here in south-central Wisconsin.
While we were out shooting a story with Dr. Marty Smith, who was one of the people who received this scam email, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection issued a consumer alert warning residents about this scam. (http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?ID=1005)
MG&E is aware of this as well and states on its website that it "will not ask for payment or personal information via email." (http://www.mge.com/safety-outages/home/mge-employee-id.htm)
We'll have more on this story on News 3 at 6, but for now, here's the email in question posted below.
Have a great weekend.
On Sunday, January 12, 2014 5:58 AM, pge.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
PG & E ENERGY STATEMENT
Account No: 982294266-8
Your Account Summary
To view your most recent statement, please click here You must log-in to your account or register for an online account to view your statement.
Total Amount Due BY 02/01/2014 $559.7
PG&E is committed to protecting our customers' privacy.
To learn more, please visit http://www.pge.com/about/company/privacy/customer/