The short messages received by Mr. Jacek were to be sent by the Polish Energy Group. Bydgoszczan read that he did not pay the electric bill on time, as a result of which she will be fired in a few days.
Fake electricity bill. Scammers send text messages to victims
Initially scared, Mr. Jacek intended to log into his online bank account as soon as possible to check if he had actually forgotten to pay. However, he did mention an article about scammers who sent text messages to victims using fake payment links.
At first I was scared and wanted (…) to check my account if I had paid for the electricity. However, when I looked at the link in the SMS, I recently remembered reading an article that warns against clicking on similar links – Mr. Jacek (Gazeta Pomorska) reported.
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Mr. Jacek’s decision saved him from stealing money from the account. He was not the first customer of the company to receive a similar SMS – fake messages became so epidemic that PGE representatives published a special appeal with a warning not to click on links in messages under any circumstances.
Not everyone was as lucky as Mr. Jacek. Last week, a 39-year-old citizen of the municipality of Biawa Podlaska (Lubelskie Voivodeship) fell victim to scammers, who clicked on a link from people impersonating a PGE to pay the difference of PLN 3.46 and settle the “invoice”. As a result, 3000 Polish zlotys were lost.