Puget Sound Energy warns customers about email scam

December 15, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2011

Puget Sound Energy warned customers to beware a fraudulent email meant to mimic a bill-payment notification. The bogus email does not affect PSE customer accounts.

The email resembles the notice PSE sends to online-billing customers when a utility bill is ready to be viewed and paid. The message contains PSE’s logo and some legitimate links to the utility’s website.

The phony email has reached some PSE customers, plus people in other states. The email is part of a nationwide phishing scam.

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King County warns residents about property tax email scam

December 15, 2011

NEW — 4:15 p.m. Dec. 15, 2011

King County officials warned residents about a possible email scam Thursday, after the county received calls from people about a bogus online property tax payment.

The callers reported receiving false confirmation of online property tax payments made through the King County e-commerce system. The county did not send the emails, and the county’s e-commerce system has not been compromised.

“It appears that someone copied our standard payment confirmation email and altered the header in the email so that it appears to be from King County,” county Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe said in a statement. “These messages did not come from King County, and the recipients have not made any payments with us.”

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