Attorney General’s office warns of email scam

Attorney General’s office warns of email scam

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - People from at least seven states have called South Carolina's attorney general about an email they've received, prompting the office to issue a warning.

"It is important to know that this is a scam," Attorney General Alan Wilson said of the email, which is crafted to appear as if it comes from the attorney general's office and contains the subject line, "Final Legal Notification."

The email contains what claims to be an "attorney retainer agreement" and carries the seal of the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Department of Justice and a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, according to a release from Wilson's office.

The e-mail contains the name of an actual attorney in South Carolina who is not involved in the fraud, and a message that says, "All this agreement is about the legal case on your name and we are going to Arrest you for the same [sic]. So before we send police to your mailing address give us a call back."

"The Attorney General's Office does not communicate about criminal matters this way, and it never sends an ultimatum demanding someone take specific steps to avoid being arrested. It is important to protect yourself from being victimized," Wilson said.

Potential victims in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas and Virginia have called the Attorney General's Office saying they received the e-mail.

Anyone who receives a suspicious e-mail should not to it, Wilson said. Instead, they should call the Attorney General's Office at (803) 737-3953 and report it."

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