Scammers are posing as lawyers from the New York Attorney General's office investigating consumers for overdue debts, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned Wednesday.

The scammers are sending notices, printed on fraudulent letterhead made to look like official correspondence, telling consumers that they are targets of a "District Court Final Warning." The letters accuse the recipients of "collateral check fraud," "theft by deception" and "violation of banking regulations" and threaten arrest for failure to pay debts, Schneiderman said. They follow up with phone calls claiming to be attorneys with Schneiderman's office.

The letters demand that the target send a "Federal Trade Commission regulated voucher" or PayPal payment and also direct consumers to call numbers with local area codes that connect to associates outside the United States.

"We have recently seen an uptick in the number of consumers targeted by scammers impersonating attorneys from my office," Schneiderman said in a news release. "If you believe you have been contacted by a fraudster posing as a government official, please report it immediately so that we can bring these scammers to justice."

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