The New Hampshire Attorney General is warning New Hampshire residents about a letter being received by many people that appears to come from the New Hampshire Attorney General.   The phony letter comes on what appears to be stationary of the Attorney General and informs the person receiving it that their identity has been stolen and that the Attorney General is investigating what they oddly refer to as “unsanctioned transactions” being done in the name of the identity theft victim.  The letter goes on to say that accounts linked to the recipient of the letter’s Social Security number will be closed unless the recipient sends gift cards to the Attorney General.  It certainly can be expected that similar letters will be sent by scammers around the country posing as their state’s Attorney General.

Gift cards are a favorite method of payment for scammers because all the scammer needs is the numbers on the card to steal money that cannot be traced to them.

TIPS

There are many indications that this is a scam.  If a company with which you do business suspects you are a victim of identity theft, they will contact you directly.  They will not contact you through the Attorney General of your state.  Additionally, and most importantly, you are never charged to correct identity theft on an account of yours.  Finally, whenever you are asked to make a payment for anything by way of a gift card, it is a scam.  Plain and simple. Scammers request payments through gift cards because they are impossible to trace to the scammer, but no legitimate company or government agency ever demands payment through a gift card.  The IRS even issued a warning to people that they never ask for payment by way of a gift card.

If you get such a letter, the best thing you can do is to merely ignore it.

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