Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning residents not to fall for phishing scams after his office received a bogus bank e-mail seeking personal information.
The e-mail claimed that the recipient's online bank account had been suspended.
It requested a social security number, date of birth and other personal information to resolve the problem.
McGraw says legitimate companies don't ask for such information through e-mail.
He says anyone receiving a similar e-mail should not reply or click on any links in the message.
Instead, the e-mail should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org and to the company or institution that is being impersonated.
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