Lakhs of rupees are being looted in the name of electricity bill, beware of such SMS

Electricity consumers in India are becoming victims of scammers. Scammers are sending messages to users via SMS or WhatsApp that their bill is due and if they do not pay it, their connection will be disconnected. It contains a phone number, which essentially helps the scammers to establish contact with the users. In the last few days, many users have lost lakhs of rupees due to these scams.

users on twitter complaints From It shows That there has been an increase in electricity bill scams across India. Scammers are targeting users in several states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab and Odisha.

The fake message imitates the SMS of the electricity provider and asks the users to dial a specific phone number. It is written in the message that this number belongs to the electricity officer. It says that if the payment is not made, the electricity connection will be disconnected. In this, an amount is also given in the name of pending electricity bill.

Gadgets 360 checked these SMSes sent by scammers over the past few days and found that in all cases, the phone numbers provided became unavailable soon after the message was sent.

In some cases, scammers were seen sending fake electricity bill alert messages using SMS headers to avoid being caught at first sight and target a large number of people at once. We found that the headers were not connected to the official power distributors. Instead they were assigned to individuals – in some cases to the people of Bihar and Jharkhand.

Agencies including Maharashtra Cyber ​​have informed users not to pay attention to any such message. Electricity departments including TP Central Odisha Distribution Limited (TPCODL) have also pointed out that the actual disconnection message contains the contract number (CA) number of the users and should include the official helpline number.<!–