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La. attorney general warns residents of email scam

La. attorney general warns residents of email scam

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office is warning residents about an email scam that apparently leaves recipients vulnerable to a computer virus.

Caldwell's office said Thursday that its public protection division has received roughly 20 calls and emails this week from consumers asking about the emails.

The emails are purportedly sent from a "court clerk" and impersonate the domain names of several law firms. The subject line of the message says, "Notice of appearance in court," and instructs recipients to appear in "The Court of Louisiana" as a defendant for a hearing on their "illegal software usage."

Caldwell's office says recipients should delete the emails and avoid opening any attachment because it may link to a computer virus.

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