MIAMI, July 22 An e-mail scam featuring someome
purporting to be BP Plc's Chief Executive Tony Hayward is
targeting victims of the company's massive Gulf of Mexico oil
spill, Florida's attorney general said on Thursday.
Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a consumer advisory
warning Floridians about the "phishing" scam, saying it
appeared to have originated in Nigeria and had been referred to
the United States Postal Inspection Service for investigation.
According to McCollum, authorities were advised of the
scheme by a Florida woman who got an e-mail from someone
identifying himself as Hayward, the CEO of BP (BP.L) (BP.N).
The e-mail promised that by replying to it, and providing
personal information, the person would become the recipient of
$500,000 in "grant funding from BP," McCollum said.
"Scammers and con artists are brazenly trying to capitalize
on Floridians who have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon
disaster," said McCollum.
"Consumers should be on high alert and should report
suspicious e-mails such as this one to my office immediately,"
Hayward, the public face of BP after the massive Gulf of
Mexico oil spill, has been widely criticized over a series of
public relations gaffes that stoked U.S. anger at the British
(Reporting by Tom Brown, Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Doina