If you get an e-mail from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office demanding money and threatening prosecution, don’t panic—it’s fake. The phony e-mails claim that the recipient must pay off an outstanding loan or they’ll be taken to court. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that should be the first sign that this is a scam. “This is not how we operate,” Madigan said, “and if you get an e-mail of that nature, send it to us so that we can use it as our investigation continues.”
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Madigan says the scammers appear to be targeting people who applied for loans online, and in the process, provided personal and financial information. “That information is being sold, obviously sometimes to scam artists that are using it to harass people.” Madigan says while most of the complaints are coming from out of state, if Illinois residents receive the e-mail, they should contact her office’s consumer fraud bureau at 800-243-0618.