A debt collection scam reported in Miami-Dade County, Fla. involves e-mails that appear to come from the state attorney's office. The identities of the people behind the scam are unknown but the operation has been linked to a phone account in Thailand, according to prosecutors, and the e-mails may have originated in Eastern Europe or India, making it unlikely that U.S. law enforcement will be able to arrest anyone or refund lost money.

The tactics include threats of arrest and the use of a law firm called "Morgan & Associates." In one e-mail sent to a Miami-Dade resident, a person identifying himself as "Joseph Foster" states that $750 is due to be paid to "Cash Advance Inc."

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