LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Pepco is warning customers of scammers trying to steal information through fake utility invoices.

The utility company says criminals are sending bills through email and ask customers to click on a link within the message. Pepco believes the scammers — posing as third-party energy suppliers — could be infecting customer’s computers with a virus or malware after customers click on the link.

Pepco asks customers to only pay their utility bill through the company’s website or by sending the hard copy in the mail.

Customers are advised to not open any email asking that payment be made on their utility bill unless sent by Pepco or by the customers’ third-party energy supplier. If someone claiming to represent a company contacts a customer in person, customers should take precautions to verify that the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate monetary payment.

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