SC attorney general warns public of email scam

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson wants people to be aware of email scammers claiming to be with his office.

Wilson says his office has received calls from people in at least seven states about the scam. Potential victims report getting an e-mail claiming to be from the attorney general's offfice with a subject line of "Final Legal Notification" and containing what claims to be an attorney retainer agreement.

The document carries the seal of the South Carolina attorney general's office, the U.S. Department of Justice and a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

"If you receive a suspicious e-mail, do not respond to it," said Wilson.

The e-mail contains the name of an actual attorney in South Carolina who is not involved in the fraud, and a message that says, "All this agreement is about the legal case on your name and we are going to Arrest you for the same [sic]. So before we send police to your mailing address give us a call back."

Potential victims in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas and Virginia have called the attorney general's Office saying they received the e-mail.

To report the scam, call Wilson's office at (803) 737-3953