Many Ohioans are afraid to open their energy bills after the spate of cold weather Ohio has seen in recent weeks.
Dan Tierney with the Ohio Attorney General’s office says scammers are using that fear to prey on Ohioans through the Internet. Tierney says thirty Ohioans have reported receiving suspicious online bills for energy usage during the past couple of weeks.
"Scammers found email addresses and they're spamming it out there, pretending to be a utility company, PG&E -- which is based out in California -- saying people owe for gas and electric bills," Tierney said. "Of course, PG&E does not provide service to Ohio. So that’s a dead giveaway it’s a scam right there, and they're just trying to get people to send money or give information that might lead to identity theft."
Tierney says if Ohioans get this email, they should report it to the attorney general’s office but above all, do not reply with any information.