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Secretary of State of Montana Warns Residents of Email Scam

Kxlf.com reported on 29th March, 2014 quoting a recent warning issued by Linda McCullough, Secretary of State of The Montana (MT,US) about an email which is very likely a scam.

She said that some business customers of Secretary of State in Montana have received emails claiming to be from an employee of her office. The email contains a link and asks the recipient to click the link to "finalize the activation of your agent agreement with us."

The email appears to have come from the office of Secretary of State, Montana, but in reality it is being sent from "Keithbrian2014@gmail.com."

The person/people behind this email have also replied to inquiries of customers about the security certificate via email confirming that "Keithbrian2014@gmail.com" is an employee of Secretary of State and the email link is safe to open.

However, Secretary of State warns that he (Keith Brian) is not our employee and opening the link may compromise your personal/business identity and data security.

The Secretary of State highlighted in an official statement stating that notices from the Office of Secretary of State are never sent from the email domain "gmail.com" and they use domains for sending official emails like mt.gov, egovmt.com, montanasos.com and montanasecretaryofstate.net.

She said that top priority of Secretary of State's Office is to protect confidential information of its customers and hence we will always continue to work diligently to protect the security of all information given to us.

Therefore, she urges recipients not to open any links or attachments which may come with email and never reply to it. Instead, she recommended to delete such emails immediately and report it to her office for investigation.

Moreover, it is not the first time in March 2014 that residents of Montana are being targeted by online scammers as online job scams hit residents of Montana recently. Job seekers who applied online for a "Secret Shopper" were granted the job and later paid $2,350 by check out of which $300 were theirs. But the check was bogus resulting many individuals losing their hard-earned money.

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