BATON ROUGE, LA – With an increase in reports of phishing attacks, Attorney General Jeff Landry is alerting Louisiana citizens about Internet scammers mimicking a business to trick consumers into giving out their bank and credit card account numbers.
“Phishing attacks can occur through multiple sources including text messages, email, and social media. Scammers send bogus messages in hopes of convincing recipients to send money or to open attachments and hyperlinks to fake websites,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “Consumers should not open these attachments or click these links and immediately delete these emails. An unsolicited message like this is almost always a scam.”
Attorney General Jeff Landry said scammers send legitimate-looking, fake emails designed to trick recipients into entering personal information or installing malware – malicious software used to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising.
Attorney General Landry advises consumers to delete unexpected or unsolicited messages and offers the following tips if you have already opened the suspicious attachment or hyperlink and believe you may have been infected with malware or a virus: