South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs Part of Email Phishing Scam

The scam targets state attorneys, who have been receiving phishing emails. And if the link or attachment provided is clicked, a scammer can install malware on the computer.

by Tripp Girardeau, Aiken Standard, S.C. / January 26, 2017
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(TNS) -- Residents are urged to look out for an email scam targeting attorneys that appears to come from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

SCDCA said in a news release that an email is circulating appearing to be from the agency and encourages recipients to click on a link for more information. However, this email is not from SCDCA.

The email apparently targets attorneys and references a consumer complaint filed against the business, according to the release.

The scam is a phishing email and if the link or attachment provided is clicked, a scammer can install malware on the computer, the release states.

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs said in the release that it aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.

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