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Are you receiving emails claiming to be from the attorney general? They might be a scam.

Lawrence Wasden is serving his fourth term as Idaho attorney general.
Lawrence Wasden is serving his fourth term as Idaho attorney general. photo@idahostatesman.com

Scammers are trying to hack and defraud business owners through emails claiming to be from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.

The emails from “The Office of the State Attorney General” are generically addressed to “Business Owner,” Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a news release this week. The email informs the recipient that a complaint has been filed against the business.

The messages include a link promising to take recipients to a form to respond to the complaint. The link is actually a zip file that installs a computer virus that obtains sensitive information that can be used in identity theft and fraud.

Wasden issued a warning after receiving complaints about a similar email scam in July. This time, the office received calls about the scam from a business owner and the Idaho State Bar.

People receiving the emails should notify the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 334-2424.

“As I’ve stated before, my office will never send unsolicited emails about complaints,” Wasden said in the news release.

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