DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today issued a consumer advisory warning Colorado consumers and businesses about a new email scam being reported to his office.
Businesses and consumers have reported receiving unsolicited email messages claiming to be from the United States Department of Justice and concerning a supposed consumer complaint filed against the recipient. The email usually contains an attachment that is either a blank complaint form or some other document. CONSUMERS ARE ADVISED NOT TO OPEN THE ATTACHMENT AS IT MAY CONTAIN A COMPUTER VIRUS OR OTHER MALICIOUS SOFTWARE.
From the Department of Justice:
“The Department of Justice did not send these unsolicited email messages, and would not send such messages to the public via email. Similar hoaxes have been recently perpetrated in the names of various governmental entities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service. The email messages contain a malicious attachment as well as random text used to defeat spam filters. Email users should be especially wary of unsolicited warning messages that purport to come from U.S. governmental agencies directing them to click on file attachments or to provide sensitive personal information.
“If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.”