New email scam surfaces; claims to be from Attorney General

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning people to watch out for a suspicious email claiming to be from “The Office of The Attorney General”.

Several businesses say they have received the email that prompts the reader to “view” the complaint by clicking on a link.

The link, if clicked, installs malware that steals confidential information from individual computers.

Schuette is warning people not open the mail. “I encourage anyone who receives this suspicious email to delete it and contact my office.”

Some clues to watch for are grammatical errors, the generic references to “The Office of the Attorney General” and the sender’s email address.

A sample of the bogus email would look like this:

From: The Office of The Attorney General [mailto:compl.dept@outlook.com] Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2016 3:46 PM To: * * * Subject: The Office of The Attorney General Complaint

Dear Business Owner:

A complaint has been filed against your Business. Enclosed is a copy of the complaint which requires your response. You have 10 days to file a rebuttal if you so desire. You may view the complaint at the link below.

complaint41163.pdf Rebuttals should not exceed 25 pages and may refer to any additional documents or exhibits that are available on request.

The Office of The Attorney General cannot render legal advice nor can The Office of The Attorney General represent individuals or intervene on their behalf in any civil or criminal matter.

Please review the enclosed complaint. If filing a rebuttal please do so during the specified time frame.

Sincerely,

The Office of The Attorney General

Schuette says if you do open the email then you should just delete it without clicking on any links. If you do click on a link you should assume you have been infected with malware and you should get some technical assistance.

The Attorney General’s Office has more information on various government imposter schemes here.

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