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                                          Utility Bill Refund Email is a Scam
                                          Beware of email offering $480 home heating refund
                                          By Mark Huffman

                                          October 10, 2007

                                          With winter on the way and the                Home Heating Costs                                       October 17 2007
                                          U.S. Department of Energy
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                                          DOE says scammers are sending out             • Utility Bill Refund Email is a
                                          spam email, pretending to be from             • Winter Heating Costs Projected
                                          the federal agency. DOE says it               To Hit Record Highs
                                          believes the purpose of the scheme            • Biofuels Moving to the Suburbs
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                                          bills shows they are due a refund                                                         Ross Stores Turtle Sprinklers
                                          from DOE for $480.58. To receive the refund, they must click on a                         ConAgra Recalls Banquet, Albertson's, Food Lion,
                                          link in the message. Doing so, says DOE, infects the computer.                            Great Value, Kroger & Other Pot Pies
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                                          DOE says the email appears to come from refund@energy.gov.
                                          The agency says that address does not exist. DOE also said it does                        READER SERVICES
                                          not collect revenue from, or issue refunds to, the general public
                                          via email.                                                                                Print, Email & More

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