For Immediate Release
November 15, 2021
John W. Garrigan, Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
email@example.com | (603) 271-1252 |
Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella and Labor Commissioner Ken Merrifield issue a Consumer Alert warning New Hampshire residents about a recent report of scammers sending a fraudulent email purporting to be from the New Hampshire Department of Labor and the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.
The email in question targeted a New Hampshire business. The sender purported to be "legal counsel and associate to the NH US district court." The sender alleged that the target business was engaged in illegal employment practices and said that "I do not want to pursue this legally but kindly ask you to comply with all laws relevant to this general topic." The sender identified themselves as "Esq. J Wilson" and had a signature block stating "New Hampshire Department of Labor" and listing the contact information for that agency. The sender did not ask for money, but presented a long list of federal laws that the sender alleged were being violated and warned that a "physical viewing may follow."
Attorney General Formella and Commissioner Merrifield offer the following tips to avoid falling victim to scams involving false impersonations of state or federal officials:
This matter is currently being investigated by the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General's Office.
If you or someone you know receives a similar email, please report it to your local police department and the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General's Office. Complaints can be filed at: https://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer/complaints/index.htm or by calling the Consumer Hotline at (603) 271-3641.
New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301