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Some MidAmerican Energy customers have been bombarded with fake utility bills over the past few weeks and they're from providers that don't even service our area. 

The fake utility bill looks like a real statement. Some say there's an unpaid balance of nearly $600 and you must pay immediately. They may also ask for your credit card number or other personal information like your social security number. This should be a red flag.

Most of the fake bills have a logo that was copied from a utility company's website.     

A spokeswoman for MidAmerican Energy said this isn't the first time they've seen something like this, but it's a newer scam that's affecting people nationally often using logo's from electric or energy companies outside of the Quad Cities Area.

One MidAmerican customer Eileen Thompson caught onto the scammers quickly. 

"And I'm look at this saying, 'Oh, I don't think this anything I think I should be doing'," said Thompson.
 
Some of the scammers are posing as utility companies in service areas that don't serve our area. 

Abby Bottenfield of MidAmerican Energy said PG&E is a popular company hackers have been using, which is based in California. Another is Atmos Energy based in Texas. 

"We send hard-copy bills in the mail or we send an email message stating a statement is available for viewing if you previously have set-up an online account with us," said Bottenfield. "We do not charge customers via email or email invoice, which is what these email scammers are doing right now."
 
Bottenfield said they've received many reports of fraudulent bills that provide a hyperlink to pay overdue statements. She said clicking on this link will invade your computer with malware.

MidAmerican reminds you to never give your credit card or personal information to a suspicious email or phone call. They say to call them first to find out if a call or email is legitimate.