A message on electricity can reach any of us. What to do when we receive it
You have to be careful about this news.
According to the portal “Dobre program”, many Poles came across an SMS in which they were informed that they had planned to switch off their electricity due to an alleged arrears in electricity charges. A link is attached to the message. Unfortunately, clicking on him can cost us a lot. A moment of inattention gives fraudsters the opportunity to strip our account.
Messages from cheaters – don't be fooled!
“PGE: Electricity is planned to be disconnected on September 27, 2022! Please pay the amount due” – messages of this type reach many Poles practically every day. For many people who see a similar message and are already familiar with the cybercriminal's actions, a red light comes on. Unfortunately, not all.
There are many people who believe that the actual sender of the message is PGE and follow the instructions contained therein to avoid power disconnection. In fact, this is not information from the company, but from fraudsters who impersonate it. By causing fear and counting on the recipient's unawareness, they hope that they will click on the link.
The hyperlink takes us to a page that looks like the page of quick payments. By entering your electronic banking login details there, we give criminals free access to our account and the money on it. Inattention can cost us dearly – we will lose all funds accumulated on the account.
What to do when we receive such a message?
Any such (and similar) SMS, or e-mail should make us alert. It will always be safer to assume that this is a phishing scam. Before paying the debt, it is worth making a phone call to the company that allegedly informs us about the debt and ask if a similar message has been sent to us.
It is also worth reporting the message to CERT Polska. Send the received SMS to the number +48799448084.
You've got it this or a similar message?