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Fraudsters take advantage of the energy crisis. They send SMS messages pretending to be electricity providers

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Fake SMSs and e-mails are commonplace. Fraudsters, trying to extract data and extort money, scare potential victims in various ways. There is often a warning in the messages about an alleged underpayment that must be paid. In recent weeks, many scammers have used it for this purpose.

Fake SMS. Scam for disconnecting the electricity

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Fraudsters from unknown number send SMS in which they pretend to be. They inform in the body of the message that a power cut is planned. To give credibility to the message, a specific date is given. Then a request appears to pay the alleged amount due and a link. Under no circumstances should you click on it. This is a link to a fake page where you can pay the alleged arrears. clicking the link leads to the launch of a spyware program that can steal payment card details, or passwords and logins to the website.

Victims, seeing information about unpaid electricity bills, may panic that they will not be able to light the house or cook dinner. The amounts they are supposed to pay are usually very low, which means that the recipient, wanting to have a problem, clicks on a dangerous link and infects his device with malware.

– says Jolanta Malak, director of Fortinet in Poland for StrefyBiznesu.pl.

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These may include reminders for immediate payment, exclamation marks, typos, or spelling mistakes. If you suspect fraud, it is good to report to the Customer Service Office and inform about the situation.

Source: Gazeta

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