The Spam Report: Day #71: "PG&E Statement"

Published On: Jan 17 2014 12:48:18 PM CST
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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.

Adam

On Sunday, January 12, 2014 5:58 AM, pge.com <do_not_reply@colchesterdj.co.uk> wrote:

PG & E ENERGY STATEMENT

Account No: 982294266-8
Statement Date: 01/10/2014
Due Date: 02/01/2014

 

 

 

Your Account Summary

Amount Due on Previous Statement
Payment(s) Recieved Since Last Statement

Previous Unpaid Balance

Current Electric Charges
Current Gas Charges

 

$344.70
0.0

$344.70

$165.80
49.20

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

 

 

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