AG Warns Mississippians About New Phishing Scam

BILOXI (WLOX) -- Attorney General Jim Hood has a warning for anyone who uses an electronic benefit card to receive child support or unemployment payments. A phishing scam has hit Mississippi, targeting people who get vital payments like unemployment and child support.

If you have one of the 143,000 state issued electronic payment cards, be on the look out for an email or pop up message directing you to verify personal information.

The messages look and sound official enough. It reads, "A recent review of your account determined that we require some additional information from you in order to provide you with secure service."

And the website looks almost identical to the official EPPICard site. There's one big difference: the real EPPICard site has a warning to users that it will never request personal information through email, text messaging or phone calls.

Attorney General Jim Hood also said a tell-tale sign of a phishing scam are misspelled words.

If you feel you have been a victim of this scam, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at (601) 359-4230. By AJ Giardina