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Miami (July 21, 2014) State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle wanted to warn the public about a recent computer scam which tries to scare email recipients into sending $750 to a website in order to pay off an alleged debt. Additionally, the computer thieves hope to acquire valid credit card information which they would use to further enrich themselves.

I`m outraged that thieves would hope to use the prosecutor`s office as a tool to get cash from terrified victims, said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. We have already spoken to victims who almost fell for this scheme. Only luck and good judgment saved them.

The State Attorney`s Office (SAO) never communicates important information via email and would never be involved in debt collections. Additional advice is to never electronically respond to situations that demand immediate action under threat of punishment. If you have a concern about any debt collection, ask those contacting you to provide the documentation that substantiates the existence of the debt.

Always be cautious with your email communications and simply do not open unsolicited e-mails from unfamiliar senders. It appears that the false SAO emails may have originated in either Eastern Europe or in India, making it unlikely that U.S. law enforcement will be able arrest the scammers or get a return of lost monies. Therefore, it is extremely important that individuals avoid being victimized at all costs


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