Talquin Electric: one member impacted by email scam, FBI now involved
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Talquin Electric Cooperative is warning members of a scam email appearing to be sent from the cooperative that might impact members.
One member of the cooperative has been impacted by this scam. The member was contacted and provided ACH transfer and wire transfer instructions (bank-to-bank). The member then paid the invoiced amount via the provided instructions, Talquin said in a press release.
The scam emails use a fraudulent domain to target Talquin Members for payments via email, according to Talquin.
“Talquin does not accept direct ACH or wire transfers. If you receive any communications stating otherwise, you are not speaking with Talquin,” the press release said. “In situations like this, Members should not reply to the email and contact Talquin immediately, to confirm what is in the email.”
Talquin has now involved the FBI with this issue. The cooperative offered the following signs of email scams:
- Quick writing with grammatical errors
- Strange looking links, especially those that don’t start with https://, or do not end in a familiar way like .com, .org, or .gov
- The use of strong pressure tactics urging you to act now, or face consequences
- A topic you are not expecting. Remember, if you do not think you are owed money – or you do not think you owe money to someone, you are probably correct.
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