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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Parents of infants in North Carolina are struggling to feed their babies during the current baby formula shortage. But instead of helping parents in this perilous position, scammers are looking to take advantage of this crisis to steal a quick buck. Here’s what you need to know: If you our someone […]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 The powdered baby formula shortage is placing burdens on families with young children across North Carolina and the nation. The shortage is driven by a series of supply chain and other recall issues, so businesses and sellers may need to appropriately raise their prices. However, sellers cannot take advantage of the […]

Thursday, April 14, 2022 Our office has received a report of scammers claiming to be from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) contacting North Carolinians on Facebook to try to steal their money. The scammers claim to be DHHS employees and ask people to pay them up front to win money. […]

Thursday, March 10, 2022 Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled powdered infant formulas, and scammers are looking to take advantage of this recall. Our office has received reports of people going door to door claiming to represent the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The impersonator offers to pick up […]

Friday, March 4, 2022 Cryptocurrency is becoming more popular. Naturally, that means fraudsters are increasing their efforts to scam you and lock you out of your account by using hacking bots. Cryptocurrency is new – don’t let it be the reason you get scammed. In some cryptocurrency scams, scammers will repeatedly contact you claiming to […]

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today asked all North Carolinians who may have been impacted by the August 2021 massive T-Mobile data breach to take steps to protect their information from identity theft. The breach impacted more than 53 million people, including 1,041,556 North Carolinians. “If you were a T-Mobile customer […]

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 Throughout the pandemic, many businesses and services added QR codes to more easily connect consumers to information and links. When scanned with a smart phone, these QR codes take customers to a website. But like all popular technology, scammers have looked to take advantage of QR codes to scam others. Our […]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 North Carolina’s price gouging law is in effect following Gov. Cooper declaring a state of emergency ahead of the forecasted winter storms. Please report concerns about price gouging to the North Carolina Department of Justice by filing a complaint at https://ncdoj.gov/gouging or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. The state’s price gouging statute becomes […]

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 As the need for COVID-19 testing remains high, our office’s Consumer Protection Division has received several complaints of unexpected charges for a test. Remember to be sure you are clear on what you are agreeing to before you incur charges. Here’s how to avoid a surprise charge while getting a COVID-19 […]

Friday, December 17, 2021 The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy has been notified that scammers are announcing fraudulent prescription drug recall notices in an attempt to divert prescription medication from wholesalers. The fake notices use various manufactures’ logos and send them to scam wholesalers and reroute certain prescription medication. The drugs mentioned on the fraudulent […]