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Category: Alerts

Monday, October 18, 2021 Scammers are looking to take advantage of North Carolina’s hot job market. Last week, our office received a report of a North Carolina community college targeted with fake job postings designed to steal student’s information. The job posting spoofed a local company and asked students to send in their resume, personal […]

Below is information about microscopic hair comparison from the North Carolina Department of Justice: Microscopic hair comparison is valid science. Former FBI Director Comey’s letter raised concerns after some federal scientists testified beyond the limits of science and put more weight on the evidence than is appropriate. No similar concerns have been raised about North […]

Friday, October 8, 2021 Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic student loan programs have been subject to many changes, including multiple servicers transferring their loan portfolios to other companies. Navient, one of the largest federal student loan servicers, announced last month that it will transfer its student loan portfolio to Maximus, another servicer affiliated […]

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Even though North Carolina avoided the direct impact of Hurricane Ida, North Carolinians can still fall victim to its effects. The hurricane provides an opportunity for dishonest car dealers who prey on unsuspecting customers by selling them flood-damaged cars. A car with pre-existing water damage is not easy to identify, especially […]

Friday, August 6, 2021 As millions of North Carolinians get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against COVID-19 and the dangerous Delta variant, fraudsters are buying and selling fake vaccine cards. These fake cards are illegal, and buying or selling a falsified government seal is a federal crime. Our office is leading the fight to […]

Monday, July 12, 2021 Our office has seen reports of North Carolinians being contacted and told they’ve won one of the $1 million dollar prizes in North Carolina’s “Your Shot at $1 Million” vaccine cash drawings. While the vaccine lottery is real, scammers are trying to take advantage of this lottery to steal the hard-earned […]

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted North Carolinians in unprecedented ways, especially as it relates to their pocketbooks. On account of those financial issues, the government suspended evictions for much of the pandemic. Unfortunately, that’s now coming to a close: North Carolina’s evictions moratorium ended on June 30 and the CDC’s […]

Our office is monitoring national reports that 7,000 people have lost around $80 million in cryptocurrency scams over the last six months. Increasing investments in digital coins, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, are often ripe for scammers. First, it’s important to know that cryptocurrency transactions are largely irreversible. Once you send money using cryptocurrency, there […]

Monday, May 24, 2021 For months our office has received reports of scammers targeting Amazon and Apple customers. We alerted North Carolinians to this scam in December, but our consumer protection specialists have seen a dramatic uptick in recent days. One person even received 27 of these calls in one day. In this scam, a […]

Friday, May 14, 2021 Our office has learned that scammers are targeting Medicare recipients with offers of unnecessary medical supplies. The scheme uses up the victim’s Medicare benefits, and sometimes leaves them unable to pay for medical supplies with Medicare when they need it. Fraudsters call, email, advertise to, or write letters to Medicare beneficiaries […]