A nationwide email scam is targeting Shelby Electric Cooperative members, by sending bogus invoices directing them to a virus-infected site.
No co-op members appear to have been affected, but several Illinois electric distribution cooperatives have reported receiving calls from members who received such an email.
The fraudulent billing message tells members their bill is ready and provides a hyperlink to view it. Do not click on the hyperlink.
Reports say the link takes the person to a site that infects their device with malware. The malware could go after banking information or attempt to steal usernames or passwords.
Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) advises members to ignore suspicious requests for personal information, such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and usernames and passwords. SEC also advises members to delete those emails and call the co-op to report the suspicious activity.