Mississippi Attorney General warns of phishing scams

Mississippi Attorney General warns of phishing scams

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - As technology improves, criminals are finding new ways to steal your identity.

Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippi consumers to stay on alert.

"As we rely more and more on technology in our daily lives, scammers respond with increasingly sophisticated ways to use technology to cheat and steal," Hood said in a statement.

Hood said there are often some red flags like grammatical errors and inconsistent font that can help consumers spot these brazen attempts at fraud and identity theft.

He offered these recommendations if you think an email or text is a scam:

  • Never provide personal or financial information in response to any unsolicited email or text.
  • Do not open links or attachments on any unsolicited emails or text messages that request personal, financial or account information.
  • Always be suspicious of anyone that emails or sends a text message and asks for money to be wired or placed on a prepaid debit card.

If you have provided information in response to a phishing scam, you should contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office at (800) 281-4418.

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