Email Scam

January 30th, 2014

A nationwide email scam is targeting utility customers, including electric cooperative members, by sending bogus invoices directing them to a virus-infected site.

No co-op members appear to have been bilked, but McDonough Power Cooperative has reported receiving a call from a member who received such an email.

The fraudulent billing message tells members their bill is ready and provides a hyperlink to view it. Do not click on the hyperlink.

Reports say the link takes the person to a site that infects their device with malware. The malware could go after banking information or attempt to steal usernames or passwords.

Adams Electric Cooperative advises members to ignore suspicious requests for personal information, such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and usernames and passwords. Adams Electric also advises members to delete those emails and call the co-op to report the suspicious activity.

Adams Electric Cooperative
Mailing address: P.O. Box 247, Camp Point, IL 62320
Headquarters Location: 700 E. Wood St., Camp Point, IL
Phone: 217-593-7701 – Fax: 217-593-7120