Sycamore city officials warn residents about fraudulent emails that look like utility bill

SYCAMORE – City of Sycamore officials are urging residents to not open recent suspicious emails or attachments that appear to come from its employees about their utility bills.

According to a Wednesday social media post from the city of Sycamore, officials have received multiple reports of suspicious emails that appear to originate from city employees and reference an account for which an attached invoice is due.

“The email’s subject line reads “Acct No. 2967-PD: Sycamore Public Works” or similar, and the body of the email states only, ‘Please see attached invoice for services rendered,’” city officials wrote.

The email is fraudulent and is under investigation by the city’s information technology department, according to the Wednesday post. City officials did not say in the post when the reports of the suspicious emails started to come in but Acting City Manager Maggie Peck confirmed the reports started coming in Tuesday.

City officials advise residents to delete any suspicious message they may receive that does not appear in the format they are familiar with – for example, utility bills from the city, officials wrote.