Illinois Attorney General warns public about email scam

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CHICAGO - Illinois residents are warned by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that someone is scamming people through email by using her office's name.

In a statement Tuesday, Madigan says the emails appear to be sent from her office and include a letter with an official-looking seal and the words "final warning."  The emails falsely threaten prosecution for supposed debts.

However, Madigan advises the email "is an outright scam," and that anyone who receives an email like that shouldn't respond.  She says they should call her office's consumer fraud bureau.

Individuals may be at higher risk to receive these e-mails if they applied for loans online.  Madigan that's because they've provided their personal information to companies that may sell it to lenders or "illegal fraudsters."
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