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SRP, a Public Utility Company, Warns Customers about Scam Emails

Ktar.com reported on 8th July, 2014 stating that The Salt River Project (SRP) is a public utility company with headquarter at Tempe, Arizona, USA providing Electricity and Water to its customers is warning its customers of a fresh scam email.

Heavy electricity bills due to summer heat and continuous running of air conditioners might be main concern in minds of many people.

Ktar.com published news on 8th July, 2014 quoting Jeff Lane, Spokesman for SRP as saying "company is warning people of a new scam email and not to fall for it."

He (Lane) said that emails, which look to be from utility company, are being sent to innocent customers to try to collect money.

He said that the scam contains an email sent to customers of utility requesting them to see an online bill and make payment.

Some of the emails are looking for personal information also besides money.

He explained that the links in the email direct customers to fraudulent websites from where they try to steal bank account details and passwords.

Lane confirmed that SRP never asks its customers about their personal information and payment through emails or any emailed links and if customers receive any such suspicious email they must report to SRP through its helpline number (602) 236-8888.

Lane said that the company wanted to warn people in advance about the scam emails because similar cases affecting the customers of other utility companies being surfaced. However, till now, there have not been any reports of SRP customers being affected.

Officials while analyzing the current phishing email campaign said that spam over the internet is increasing alarmingly due to above types of scam emails.

Moreover, it is not only customers of SRP who are being affected by phishing email campaigns because LCEC is also warning its customers about a phishing email campaign.

LCEC and other utility companies report that scammers are targeting Spanish and foreign language speaking people. In some cases, businesses and restaurants have also been targeted during their peak business hours.

Most recent version arrives by email which seems to have come from utility and scammers collect passwords and banking information through the links in emails containing malware.

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