E-mails claiming to be from the OAG may contain harmful malware
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today (July 13, 2016) warned Texans of suspicious e-mails containing malicious software seemingly coming from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The e-mail claims to come from the Consumer Protection Division to inform business owners that a complaint has been filed against their organization. A link to the complaint is provided and once clicked on it downloads harmful software onto the computer.
There are several signs that the phishing e-mail did not come from the OAG. Beware of e-mails containing obvious typos / mis-capitalized words. All official correspondences from the OAG will come with the extension “texasattorneygeneral.gov.” All e-mails from our complaint system comes from: ConsumerProtectionfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Consumer Protection Division would like to inform the public that when in doubt do not open any e-mail attachments. Ensure that your computers, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices are up to date with antivirus software. Several free options are available through reputable software companies and your internet provider may have additional options.
Details for reporting suspicious e-mails can be found on our website here: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/spam-unsolicited-emails#reporting