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AG Jim Hood Warns Consumers about Phishing Attacks

Attorney General (AG) Jim Hood of Mississippi, (US) recently claimed that an old rip-off has resurfaced yet again and thus warned patrons in the State to not respond to emails that particularly demand private information, as per news published by wjtv.com on September 26, 2015.

Workers of the AG Office have been receiving emails that purport to be from PayPal. These fraud emails tell the employee that he lately had a transaction that was turned down and goes on to request him that he updates his account-linked information by clicking on a link furnished in the email.

The email contains red signs that indicate that it is indeed a fake email. Firstly, it creates a fake sense of rush by highlighting that a transaction has been turned down. Secondly, it has grammatical errors that show that it was drafted by an overseas scammer. Thirdly, it has a link to another site that asks for private information. These kinds of rip-offs are generally termed as "phishing".

AG Hood said that their investigators have asserted that it is actually a scam. These blatant scammers will make anybody their victims even those with the law enforcement agencies in an attempt to bring out their personal information. By following the links and providing your personal or account details, you shall be unbolting the door to become an identity theft victim.

AG Hood thus concludes that even though this rip-off has lingered on for quite some time now, it goes on to try and allure victims. Awareness and education are the best defenses of a consumer.

If you get a phishing email get in touch with the Consumer Protection Division of Mississippi AG's Office or dial their hotline number 1800-281-4418.

Moreover, it isn't the first time PayPal's name is being exploited in a phishing email campaign by scammers. In August 2015, phishing emails purporting to be from PayPal were spotted by security experts. These fraud emails asserted that the company is making modifications to its legal agreements and thus, the email recipient was required to click a 'Confirm Account' button to acknowledge the changes.

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