users on twitter complaints From It shows That there has been a spurt in electricity bill scams across India. The 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 updated. Please contact immediately with our electricity officer at 7800235690 Thank You.
— Milind Kank (@kankmilind) June 26, 2022
The fake message mimics the SMS of the electricity company and asks users to dial a specific phone number. It is written in the message that this number belongs to the Electricity Officer. It states 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 SMS messages being sent by scammers over the past few days and found that in all cases, the phone numbers provided became unavailable shortly after the messages were sent.
In some cases, scammers were seen sending fake electricity bill alert messages using SMS headers to avoid getting caught at first sight and target a large number of people at once. We found that the headers were not connected to official power distributors. Instead they were assigned to individuals – in some cases to people from Bihar and Jharkhand.
Agencies including Maharashtra Cyber have informed users not to pay attention to any such message. Power departments including TP Central Odisha Distribution Limited (TPCODL) have also pointed out that the actual disconnection message consists of the users’ contract number (CA) number and should include the official helpline number.