SC Attorney General warns of email scam

akflanagan@thestate.comJuly 8, 2014 

— The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has received multiple calls from people in at least seven states about a scam.

The callers say they received an e-mail allegedly from the Attorney General’s Office with the subject line “Final Legal Notification,” and contains what claims to be an “attorney retainer agreement,” according to a press release.

The document carries the seal of the SC Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice and a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

“The email contains the name of an actual attorney in South Carolina who is not involved in the fraud,” according to the press release.

The email contains the message “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.”

According to the Attorney General’s Office, potential victims in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas and Virginia reported receiving the email.

“It is important to know that this is a scam. 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,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said.

If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond to it, Wilson said. Contact the Attorney General’s Office at (803) 737-3953.

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