NBCRightNow.com - The Oregon Department of Justice wants to warn residents about an email scam that appears to come from the Oregon Attorney General.
The email claims the recipient is a delinquent on a payday loan and must make a payment to avoid legal consequences. It then directs the victim to click on a link or an attachment for more information or to reply to the email.
The Oregon Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday this email is a scam even though it looks official. The email refers to the attorney general by name, has an Oregon Department of Justice seal, references state and federal consumer protection laws, and even has what looks like real Oregon Department of Justice links.
"Neither the Attorney General, nor the Oregon Department of Justice, would ever send you an email like this. The only emails you will receive from me are about scams or other matters impacting the public, and you have to sign up at my website to receive those. I would also never ask you to make a payment to avoid a legal consequence," said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
The Attorney General Office says if you get an email like this, don't open it, and don't click on the links. If you do it may install malware on your computer, allowing others to control your online activity and steal your personal information.
If you think you have fallen victim to this scam, contact the Oregon Department of Justice online or call 1-877-877-9392.