Malicious Ad Scams

Malicious ads related to utility bills continue to target victims, directing them to call centers where scammers collect identities and extort money. Scammers are attempting to legitimize their operations by establishing fake U.S.-based entities, with many fraudulent ads found on Google.

The scam campaign primarily targets mobile devices and U.S. residents, with ads prompting victims to call displayed phone numbers.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns about utility scams, emphasizing the effectiveness of scams when victims initiate the call. It’s crucial to verify contact details through official utility company websites.