Digital Communities

Scammers Use Linden, Mich.'s Domain Name in Faked Emails

Per a statement from the city of Linden, Mich., the perpetrators are using the municipality's domain name as well as the email addresses of staff, police and councilmembers to get people to click on suspicious links.

by Roberto Acosta, The Flint Journal / December 5, 2018

(TNS) — The city of Linden, Mich., wants its residents to know that it's probably not trying to email them.

A Monday, Dec. 3 statement warns residents of an "email spoof" in which the city's domain name is being used along with email addresses from staff, police and city council members and describes a fake invoice with a link or attachment.

The email "may contain a link to a computer virus or other malware. You should not open the email, link, or attachments, or respond to it in any way," per the statement.

"If you received such an email, please be aware that it did not come from us, as we do not send invoices by e-mail (with the exception of utility bills that some residents receive by e-mail on a quarterly basis with the subject line "Utility Billing")," reads the city's statement.

City officials made the decision to a release a statement over the matter based on the "apparent scope of this spoofing scheme."

"We continue to maintain the highest level of technology security and wish to emphasize that the scheme is not the result of any compromise to the security of our systems, but are unable to fully prevent this impersonation," per the statement.

Anyone with questions about the issue or trying to confirm any email correspondence received from the city of Linden before opening it may call 810-735-7980.

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