ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF NEW EMAIL SCAM TARGETING ACCOUNTANTS
Attorney General Luther Strange is warning Alabamians of a scam email making inbox rounds.
The email says it’s from the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy and requests sensitive personal or business information.
Strange says many people receiving the requests are professionally licensed ASBPA members.
“Recently, several emails have been sent by what appears to be an ASBPA email account requesting personal and/or business information,” the board writes in a message to its members. “Some of these emails contain attached documents or links to download documents. These emails are not being sent from the Board and you should not download or open any attachments or click on any links contained therein.”
Strange says the board is not requesting any information from licensees and in fact never requests sensitive information via email.
If you receive a request for information and have any questions or concerns, call the ASBPA at 334-242-5700. Strange says he encourages ASBPA members to contact colleagues in Alabama and other states to spread word of the scam.
Strange says consumers should always be wary of emails or phone calls asking for private information.
“Even if you believe you know and are associated with the organization, it is best to check with them directly,” he said. “Unfortunately, it is more and more common for scammers to pose as a trusted source and trick people into sharing their information.”