Email scam poses as Attorney General’s Office

Statesman staff

Idaho business owners should be on the lookout for scam emails claiming to be from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden issued a warning Friday, saying the emails are addressed to “Business Owner” and saying a complaint has been filed against their business. The emails contain a link that purports to take recipients to a document that can be used to respond to the complaint but are actually a zip file that installs a computer virus. The virus gleans personal information to help perpetrate fraud and identity theft, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a release.

“This is no different than any other scam that uses the names of government or law enforcement agencies in an effort to dupe consumers,” he said.

A business owner in northern Idaho alerted the office to the scam. Similar email scams from senders claiming to be from attorneys general offices have been reported in Illinois and Maryland.

Recipients of these emails should not open the emails or click on any links. Wasden said recipients should delete the emails and contact the Consumerm Protection Division in his office at 1-800-432-3545.