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.
“Dear Consumer Your Electricity power will be disconnected. Tonight at 9.30 pm from electricity office. because your previous month bill was not updated. Please immediately contact with our electricity officer 8260303942 Thank you.”
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— Shekhar Panse (@panse_shekhar) June 27, 2022
Dear Consumer Your Electricity Power will be disconnected. Tonight at 9:30 pm from electricity office because your previous month bill was not updated. Please contact immediately 8797780583 Thank You.@CPMumbaiPolice @MumbaiPolice @MSEDCL , Pls take action
— Pradeep Choubey (@choubeyp) June 26, 2022
Pl look intoDear Consumer,
Your electricity power will be disconnected tonight at 9:30pm from electricity office because your previous month bill was not update. Please contact immediately with our electricity officer at 7800235690 Thank You.
— Milind Kank (@kankmilind) June 26, 2022
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.<!–