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Phishing Email Scam Targeting Attorneys of South Carolina

Residents are requested to look for the email scam that is targeting attorneys, which seems coming from the SCDCA (South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs). The SCDCA aims to safeguard consumers from the inequities in marketplace by advocacy, complaint mediation, education, and enforcement.

As per the news release, SCDCA said that one email is in circulation that appears to be coming from agency, and encourages the recipients to have a click on the link for additional information. However, Aiken standard posted on January 24th, 2017, stating that South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs was not behind this email.

As per the release, the email apparently targeted the attorneys and referred to the consumer complaint that was filed against the business. Scammers use phishing scams for tricking you to disclose personal information, like account number of your bank, credit card numbers and passwords.

The release further states that the scam was phishing email, and in case the attachment or link provided was clicked, malware on computer can be installed by a scammer.

For avoiding this kind of scam, a person should remember:

  • To check email address. As South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is government body, all the email addresses finish with domain .gov. Hence, an email from the SCDCA which ends in .org or .com is a scam red flag.
  • Providers of email use filters for finding out scams and spam.
  • To look for grammatical errors, suspicious requests, and typos. Is agency's name was spelled correctly? If you have doubt, pick phone and then contact sender directly by the phone number that was not found in email.
  • To always report imposter emails and phishing to that organization from which the email is supposed to be from. In addition, report email to FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Internet Crime Complaint Center, email provider, and www.IC3.gov.

As per the release, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs said that it targeted to safeguard consumers from the inequities in marketplace through education, advocacy, complaint mediation and enforcement.

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