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Consumer protection warns of e-mail eviction scam

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If you get an e-mail that says you're being evicted from your home, don't open it.

State consumer protection officials say it's the latest effort by scammers to infect your computer, and use malicious software to suck up your personal data.

Consumer spokesman Jerad Albrecht said his department received two formal complaints about the scam in late February -- and it's a fairly widespread occurrence.

According to the state agency, the e-mails tell recipients they'll be evicted due to, "multiple violations" -- and they should open an attached file to see what those violations are. The attachment carries infectious malware.

Officials say some people might be spoofed because a domain is used that identifies a legitimate law firm. However, the state says it's against the law to send eviction notices by e-mail.

The law requires landlords to use the Postal Service to send notices 28, 14, and five days in advance of evictions.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)