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Consumer Alert: Utility Scams

Jan 25, 2016

Public Service Announcement

Consumer Alert: Utility Scams through Customer Personal Computers

January 25, 2016
Please be on alert for a new personal computer scam targeting PUD customers in Okanogan County. Threats come from a computer pop-up message stating ‘Congrats! You are today’s lucky Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County Visitor’. Additionally, this notice asks you to fill out a brief survey to qualify for a reward as a thank you. Please be advised that these messages are considered a ‘phishing scam’ with the intent of defrauding an online user of their personal information and is not from the Okanogan County PUD.
If you receive a pop-up message on your computer and feel your account information has been compromised, you may call the Okanogan PUD at 509-422-3310 to verify the status of your account. You may also report suspicious calls or emails to the lead agencies investigating nationwide scams: The Washington State Attorney General’s Office at
1-800-551-4636 or the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357.

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