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Email Scam Targets Personal Information of PSE&G Customers

Clicking link in bogus email bill can open customer computers to information theft

By Tom Johnson, Courtesy of NJ Spotlight

Utility customers across the state are being warned about an email scam involving bogus electric bills that could leave customers’ computers vulnerable to theft of personal information.

The alert was issued by Public Service Electric & Gas, the state’s largest utility, as well as the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The scam has been reported across the country, including PSEG Long Island, a utility recently being managed by the Newark company.

Approximately 53 PSE&G customers in New Jersey have reported receiving emails that look like a pending utility bill with a link to view account information, according to Kristine Lloyd, a spokeswoman for the utility, which serves 2.2 million electric customers. The utility cautions customers not to click any links in a suspicious email or open any attachments. Doing so downloads malicious software (malware) that can retrieve personal and other information from a customer's computer, said Lloyd.

Read more at NJSpotlight.com

NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. It is non-partisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded.

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