New Jersey Attorney General Cautions about E-mail Scam
Officials from the office of New Jersey (USA) Attorney General have issued an alert to residents for being vigilant of a formal-appearing e-mail advising readers to make an application for claiming a share from one legal settlement valuing multi-million dollars. But, the said e-mail isn't real as it's crafted for grabbing personal info and thereby executing ID-theft, the alert indicates. Nj.com published this dated March 9, 2012.
Reportedly, utilizing the letterhead of Department of Law and Public Safety, the e-mail talks about a bogus settlement worth USD 233.65m with Wentworth Group Limited and Argus Capital Limited, as also advises recipients to call one 908 area-code phone-number and find out their entitled share of funds.
However, Jeffrey Chiesa the real AG cautions that the e-mail is a scam trying to lure victims into disclosing their bank account and social security numbers. Nj.com published this on March 8, 2012.
Incidentally, just before the above scam, during February 2012, the US Securities and Exchange Commission similarly alerted people of scammers posing as the Commission's employees while promising huge money in exchange of investors making nominal bank deposits.
Meanwhile, after one Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) investigator tested one phone-number from the several given inside the former e-mail, Chiesa said that someone claiming to be Samuel Harrington feigned as an employee of the NJ State OAG's Basking Ridge Office under the charge of AG Thompson. Northjersey.com published this on March 8, 2012.
However, Director of State DCA, Thomas R. Calcagni stated that his office would investigate the incident as also other likewise scams. Nonetheless, consumers could best safeguard themselves via being more cautious anytime somebody requested for Social Security, bank account, alternatively similar identifying detail, he suggested. CourierPostOnline.com published this on March 8, 2012.
Calcagni added that although it wasn't known if anybody had been victimized with the scam as yet, somebody certainly lurked online, keenly waiting for the million class-settlement payment to flow into his pocket.
Meanwhile, during 2011, there were over 60,000 incidences documented about e-mail scams across entire USA that took the country to the 7th position amongst the various Federal Trade Commission-logged consumer complaints.
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