On Your Side: Utility Bill Scam

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News 12 at 6, October 12, 2007

Your heating bills are expected to be expensive again this winter, meaning many of you will pay up to warm up.

And, that may put a strain on your budget. However, be careful in accepting help paying those bills, especially when that help is coming from someone you don't know.

There's a new scam email the Department of Energy is warning you about, which claims you are owed a big refund on your utility bill.

It is a scam; the Department of Energy does not contact you about refunds via email.

There is usually a link at the bottom of the email where you're asked to click on to find out how to get your refund.

Trouble is, when you click on it, you end up downloading a virus of sorts that can hijack your personal information off of your computer. That could lead to identity theft.

The best thing to do is delete the email and ignore.

If you think you're going to have trouble paying your utility bill this winter, it's a good idea to put away a little extra money now while the weather is mild to save up.

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