Michigan AG warns businesses of fraudulent emails

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is warning businesses of fake emails that look like they have come from its office.

Businesses across the state are receiving emails claiming to be from the Office of the Attorney General which say there has been a complaint filed against the business.

The subject line reads “The Office of The Attorney General Complaint.” Attached to the email is the complaint that “requires” a response.

When people click on the link, it installs malware which steals all the confidential information from the computer.

The Department of Attorney General advises that if you get this email you should delete it. If you open the email, don’t click any links. If you have opened the attachment, you should assume you have malware and seek technical assistance.

The generic reference to “The Office of The Attorney General” and the sender’s email address are clues to the bogus nature of the email, according to the AG’s Office.

Officials released the following sample email similar to the fake one businesses have received:

“From: The Office of The Attorney General [mailto:compl.dept@outlook.com] Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2016 3:46 PM To: * * * Subject: The Office of The Attorney General Complaint

Dear Business Owner:

A complaint has been filed against your Business. Enclosed is a copy of the complaint which requires your response. You have 10 days to file a rebuttal if you so desire. You may view the complaint at the link below.

complaint41163.pdf Rebuttals should not exceed 25 pages and may refer to any additional documents or exhibits that are available on request.

The Office of The Attorney General cannot render legal advice nor can The Office of The Attorney General represent individuals or intervene on their behalf in any civil or criminal matter.

Please review the enclosed complaint. If filing a rebuttal please do so during the specified time frame.

Sincerely,

The Office of The Attorney General”

If you are concerned about an email purporting to be from the Michigan Attorney General, call the Consumer Protection Division at 1.877.765.8388.

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