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State warns of energy bill scam

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state is warning about a new scam that targets people who are paying home energy bills.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has gotten a handful of complaints from people who got fraudulent bills for utility services from "Energy Billing Service" or "Energy Billing System." DATCP says the e-mail addresses the scam comes from are different, but many of them are based overseas.

WE Energies also informed DATCP it got more than 50 reports of similar messages to its customers.

DATCP says if you get an e-mail message like this, delete it and don't click on the link in the message. The link says it's to "view your most recent bill," but will download malware on your computer, or may direct you to a scam website where you're prompted to turn over personal and banking information.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.
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