Friday, February 20, 2015

Consumer Alert: Fraudulent emails being sent claiming to be from ‘State Attorney Office’

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Fraudulent emails are being sent to Kansans claiming to be from the “State Attorney Office,” and threatening arrest, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

The attorney general’s office has been made aware that these emails are circulating, and advises Kansans that these are fraudulent.

The email contains an attachment with an “Arrest Warrant” listing three charges.

The email tells the recipient that their social security number has been put “on hold” until the matter is resolved, and threatens that the recipient will be responsible for the cost of the lawsuit. The email gives a phone number the recipient can call to resolve the matter, where the scam artist will likely ask for payment.

“These emails are a pure scam,” Schmidt said. “Anyone who receives these emails should delete them immediately. Under no circumstance does our office send arrest warrants by email. By no means should anyone call the phone number listed in this email or send money to these scam artists to get out of the so-called ‘arrest warrant.’”

Kansans should report these scams to the attorney general’s office by calling (800) 432-2310 or on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at