Scammers impersonate Mississippi Office of Homeland Security

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is warning consumers of a new email scam.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports scammers have been sending emails to Mississippi residents posing as personnel from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. Attorney General Jim Hood says the emails are fraudulent attempts to trick consumers into sending money.

The emails ask residents to pay a clearance fee of $1,250.

MOHS Director Rusty Barnes says the office does not solicit money via email, telephone or otherwise.