Fraudster poses as Tennessee government's top consumer watchdog agency in coronavirus fund scam

Contributed photo / Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery is on the hunt for a fraudster or fraudsters who tried to scam consumers with text messages saying the recipient is eligible for government coronavirus funds.

The texts falsely claim to be from the office of the attorney general, which includes the Office of Consumer Affairs.

"A complaint was made to the office by someone who got the text," Slatery spokeswoman Samantha Fisher said in response to questions from the Times Free Press following the state issuing an alert.

"We're working to track down the number, but unfortunately, it is difficult to put an end to this conduct because so many scams like this originate from out of the country, which is why these news alerts, etc., are so important," Fisher said.

Slatery's office serves as the Tennessee government's law firm.