Mississippi's attorney general issues scam alert

JACKSON (WDAM) - Attorney General Jim Hood and the Federal Trade Commmission are warning consumers about internet scams promising help to receive President Obama's economic stimulus package.

Scams come in various forms. E-mail messages may ask for bank account information so that operators can deposit a consumers' share of the stimulus package directly in their bank account. Instead, scammers drain money out of the account.

Some e-mails provide links. When the link is clicked, malicous software is downloaded giving the scammer the ability to steal a consumer's identity.

Consumers who have fallen victim to these scams should contact the Mississippi Attorney General's consumer protection division at 1-800-281-4418 as well as the Federal Trade Commission; their toll free number is 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).