Mid American Energy Company Cautious Public of Scam Email
MidAmerican Energy Company, an energy company based in lowa (US), is alerting the public regarding an email scam with a motive towards targeting employees or customers of MidAmerican, published MidAmerican Energy on July 30, 2012.
Hotmail account sends a message which recommends recipient to claim a $1,000 prepaid visa gift card as a gesture from mid-American energy.
The e-mail demands recipients to pursue a link to obtain a gift card and provide a private shipping address. However, the recipient is afraid that the endorsement will be out of validity if the link is not set in motion within 48 hours of receiving the email. Even though the email declares prize is rewarded on behalf of mid-American energy. Nevertheless, customers are recommended about the e-mail has no link with the company.
The scammers are blamed for utilizing social media websites to collect personal information including a person's full name, employer and email address that aims at scam attack and formulate the communication look genuine.
The company claims in a release that the fraudulent "offer" email is sent by someone known as "Rachel" although; he is not associated with MidAmerican.
Do not dare to hit any links in the e-mail and offer personal information or even answer to the sender, who may be targeting MidAmerican employees or customers.
Who so ever gets a suspicious call or message persuading to be from MidAmerican Energy is requested to call the company at its hotline number and local law enforcement.
MidAmerican the energy company also pointed some red flags which help the users in identifying such scam emails. Firstly, observe any poor typos in English. A lot of email scams initiate from non-English speaking countries. Thus, these are prone to making noticeable spelling and grammar mistakes. Genuine emails from genuine companies are unlikely to commit such mistakes. Also, a common ingredient to any successful scam is its ability to pressure a victim into acting hastily, as mentioned in before mentioned case the recipient is given just 48 hours.
Also, look out for links in emails. Many emails scam depends on sending victims to external websites to con them, meaning the email will contain links, just like in the above case.
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