E-mail scam uses AG seal to collect "debts"

By WEEK Producer

E-mail scam uses AG seal to collect "debts"

June 4, 2014 Updated Jun 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- A new scam uses Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s name and seal to collect purported debts.

Madigan’s office is investigating after receiving several reports of e-mails using the Attorney General’s seal which threatens prosecution if an outstanding debt is not paid.

“This email is an outright scam,” Madigan said. “Do not respond to anyone claiming to represent my office with demands for money or threatening prosecution.”

People who applied for loans online may be particularly at risk as the information they provided could have been sold to lenders.

Illinois residents who received the e-mail should contact the Consumer Fraud Bureau at 1-800-243-0618.

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