AG warns of fake court appearance scam

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Posted: Jan 9, 2014 12:23 PM by Russell Jones
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: email scam, court appearance scam, attorney general, scam alert

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office sent out a warning Thursday about an email scam that claims people are due to appear in court.

The AG's Office said the scam emails include the subject line "Notice of Appearance in Court", and is supposedly sent from a "court clerk" telling the recipient to appear for "illegal software usage."

AG Buddy Caldwell said the emails include domain names from several well-known law firms and contain an attachment which may link to a computer virus. He said the law firms mentioned in the emails confirmed that they never sent them.

A spokesperson for the AG's Public Protection Division said they've received about 20 calls and emails from people about the scam, which they said should be ignored and deleted.

To report a scam or file a complaint, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889 or go to the Office of the Attorney General's website.

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