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Watch Out for Bogus Bill Emails Claiming to be From AGL

by Brett M. Christensen

Australian based energy company AGL is warning customers to watch for fake bill emails that contain links to a malicious website.  

The fraudulent emails feature AGL logos and formatting and may closely resemble the genuine bill notifications that the company sends to customers.

According to a report about the threat on the MailGuard blog, most links in the scam messages open the genuine AGL website.  However, the “Download Bill” opens a compromised website that prompts users to download a .zip file. This .zip file does not contain an AGL bill as users might expect. Instead, opening the contents of the .zip file can install malware on your computer.

A warning about the scam on the AGL website notes that all legitimate AGL electricity bills will include your supply address and account number in the email body.

Criminals have regularly used fake AGL bill emails to distribute malware in recent years. They have also used the names of other well-known energy companies.

If you receive one of these bogus bill emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains. 

A screenshot of the scam email:

AGL Fake Bill Malware Email

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,