RICHMOND (WSLS 10) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring warned Virginians to be vigilant regarding a major, ongoing “phishing” scam involving emails, phone calls, and social media messages purporting to be from the Attorney General and his office.
According to the AG, the emails claim to be a “Final Legal Notification” from Attorney General Herring or his staff regarding debt owed to “Cash Advance, Inc,” or some variation thereof, or claim that an arrest warrant has been taken out on the recipient.
The emails demand payment from the recipient to resolve the issues. In some cases, recipients may receive follow-up phone calls from the scammers perpetuating the fraud.
The Attorney General’s Office does not operate in such a manner and the recipient should not respond to the emails or phone calls.
The Virginia State Police is currently conducting a criminal investigation into this matter. If you have received an e-mail and/or phone call as described above please forward the email to the state police, or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.