Idaho AG: Beware of Email Spreading Identity-Stealing Virus 

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  • State of Idaho

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has a warning for business owners: someone is masquerading as a representative of his office to infect unsuspecting targets with a computer virus that steals sensitive information.

Wasden said the scam emails indicate they are from the AG's office, informing recipients a complaint has been filed against them. Recipients are then ordered to click a link that unzips a file, infecting their computer in order to commit identity theft.

"Constituents and business owners need to know that my office will never send unsolicited emails about complaints," said Wasden in Friday's announcement.

Wasden said one northern Idaho business owner received the sham email and notified the AG's Consumer Protection Division last week. Similar scams incorporating attorneys general have been reported in a number of states, most recently in Illinois and Maryland.

Consumers are urged not to open the emails or click on any links. The Consumer Protection Division can be contacted at 1-800-432-3545.
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