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updated: 2/26/2014 6:16 AM

Wisconsin officials warn of new utility scam

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin regulators are sending out a warning about an email scam that appears to be a utility bill.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says it has received a handful of complaints from consumers who received a fake bill for utility services from "Energy Billing Service" or "Energy Billing System."

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WE Energies has also informed the state that it has received complaints from more than 50 customers as well.

The state agency says the fake bills often are for $500, $524 or $524.30. Those who receive it are asked to click on a link to view their most recent bill, an action that could unleash a virus or lead to a scam website to obtain personal banking information.

Consumers who receive it are urged to delete it.

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