Madigan’s office is investigating the scam after Illinois
residents reported receiving emails from accounts that fraudulently
appear to be sent by a representative of the Attorney General’s
office. The emails include an attached “final warning” letter
stamped with an official-looking seal that alleges the recipient
owes money on an outstanding loan and must pay off the balance or
face prosecution by the office.
“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. Instead, call our Consumer Fraud Bureau
immediately at 1-800-243-0618.”
Madigan’s office said people who have applied for loans online may
be at particular risk for the scam because they have provided their
personal and financial information to companies that in turn sell
the information to either lenders or, in some cases, illegal
fraudsters seeking to use the personal information for profit.
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Madigan said Illinois residents should contact her Consumer
Fraud Bureau at 1 (800) 243-0618, and out-of-state residents
should contact her office at (312) 814-3000.
[FROM THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL