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Energy rebate scammers target Albertans

Energy rebates set to be disbursed directly as rebate on bills--not by replying to an email or text, advises the Alberta government.
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Watch out for scammers targeting the energy rebate program, advises the government of Alberta. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

The Alberta government issued a warning Wednesday that Albertans should use caution if they receive a text offering an energy rebate.

The government has received reports of Albertans receiving texts falsely claiming to be from the provincial government. In these phishing scams, recipients of the text are invited to apply for an energy rebate by clicking on a URL that appears to link to a provincial or federal government agency or program.

Neither the Government of Alberta nor the Government of Canada has sent emails or texts to Albertans about the electricity rebate program or any other energy rebates, said a statement. It reminds Albertans to never click on links or provide personal or banking information in response to text messages or emails that you didn’t ask for, or if you don’t know the sender.

The Government of Alberta’s forthcoming electricity rebate program will be applied directly to Albertans’ bills in the coming months – there will be no need to apply for the rebate. Under the rebate program, more than 1.9 million Albertans are set to receive bill credits for $50 over three consecutive months ($150 in total) on their electricity bills to help offset the high costs experienced last winter.

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