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AG Hood Issues Phone Scams Warning

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JACKSON, Miss. - The following news release is from the office of Attorney General Jim Hood:

Attorney General Jim Hood today reminds Mississippians to continue to be cautious of bogus phone scams which constantly circulate in new ways.
“New and old scams arise daily by cons and cheats who spend all of their time finding new ways to take advantage of our citizens,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “Our Consumer Protection Division makes a diligent effort to educate the public as we discover them.”

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and several other Mississippi power suppliers have received reports of consumers receiving phone calls from cons who are acting as representatives from their local power companies stating the customers’ electricity will be terminated due to non-payment.

A recent version of this scam was traced by investigators of the Attorney General’s Office to numbers from the Philippines.

“Personal information should never, ever be shared over the phone, mail or internet, no matter who the caller claims to be,” said Attorney General Hood.

Some tips to avoid these scams:

·         Don’t be fooled by caller ID numbers.  Scammers can “spoof” numbers and appear to be calling from inside the United States when in fact they are not.

·         Be suspicious of anyone who is vague in identifying themselves on the phone or who presses you to immediately send money.

·         Be suspicious of anyone who calls or emails unexpectedly and wants you to wire money–especially out of the country.

·         Educate yourself and your family on how the scam works.

·         If you are concerned about your account, contact the organization in the email using a telephone number you know to be genuine, or open a new Internet browser session and type in the company’s correct Web address. In any case, don’t cut and paste the link in the message.

More information on this scam, and others like it, can be found online at www.agjimhood.com. Anyone who feels they have been victimized by these or any other scams can call the Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-281-4418 or can visit our website to fill out a complaint form.
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