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Geoff Greenwood, Communications Director
515-281-6699, geoff.greenwood@iowa.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 17, 2013

Consumer Alert: Scammers Using Attorney General Logo & Name in
“ATM MasterCard Alert”

 

(DES MOINES, Iowa) An unsolicited email purportedly sent by Attorney General Tom Miller notifying recipients that they received a MasterCard with a $980,000 credit due to a Nigerian lottery or inheritance is a scam.

Recipients have contacted the Consumer Protection Division about emails they received from departmentIowa@usa.com, titled “ATM MASTERCARD ALERT CONFIRMATION NOTICE!!”  The email displays an Iowa Attorney General logo at the top, and lists Miller’s name at the bottom.

The email, which is rife with grammatical errors, claims that the recipient must reply to the email with a name, address and cellular phone number, and a copy of their identification before receiving the card.

“This is a phishing scam, likely from Nigeria, where someone is using our office logo to help trick people into thinking that this is legitimate,” Miller said.  “Obviously this is an email that our office would never send, and most people know that official State of Iowa emails come from a ‘dot gov’ domain.”

Miller urges recipients to delete the email and not to respond.  Recipients who wish to report the scam should do so with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.  The Internet Crime Complaint Center is jointly operated by the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center.

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