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Category: Alerts

Friday, February 23, 2024 This week, Attorney General Josh Stein called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect babies and young children after nearly 400 childhood lead poisoning cases were recently linked to recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches that were sold in stores without first being tested for toxic metals. Because of this, hundreds of […]

Friday, February 16, 2024 Earlier this week, a first-person account of a woman who was scammed was posted on the internet. This story serves to remind us that scammers are always looking for new ways to trick people out of their money and steal their personal information. Even the most educated people can fall for […]

Friday, February 9, 2024 When a company suddenly goes out of business, it can lead to problems for its customers. Our office was recently notified that the solar company Encor Solar has gone out of business, leaving many North Carolinians without products or services for which they paid. Our office’s Consumer Protection Division is continuing […]

Friday, February 2, 2024 Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while celebrating love and finding a connection is exciting, scammers leave people heartbroken far too often. Sweetheart scammers prey on people who are looking for love or even just friendship, and often target unsuspecting seniors. The scammer will befriend a potential victim on social media or […]

Friday, January 26, 2024 When a new technology emerges, scammers are the first to exploit it to target unsuspecting consumers. Our office has been hearing reports of bad actors using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to clone popular figures’ voices to try and trick you out of your money or personal information. They may even clone the […]

January 23, 2024 Recently, the North Carolina Department of Justice published our 2023 annual report and shared the top 10 consumer complaints we received in 2023. Our office’s Consumer Protection Division works hard to educate the people of North Carolina about ways to protect themselves from scams, fraud, unfair business practices, and bad actors. When […]

Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 This time of year, online shopping surges as folks scramble to buy holiday gifts and find the best deals online. Unfortunately, scammers know this all too well and will be trying to take advantage of unaware shoppers. People often report credit card fraud and phishing and shipping scams during the holiday […]

Friday, October 13, 2023 The horrific stories we are all reading about Saturday’s attack in Israel are hard to process, but our hearts go out to the innocents. During a crisis like this, you may want to donate to relief efforts. Unfortunately, scammers will stop at nothing to take advantage of people, even those who […]

Friday, September 29, 2023 The federal government may shut down as soon as Sunday. Many of us will experience the results of this shutdown in our daily lives, but we don’t want to let scammers make it even worse. It is important to stay vigilant against scammers who will try to use this time of […]

Thursday, September 7, 2023 As the student loan landscape continues to evolve, borrowers face shifting deadlines, confusion, and uncertainty. As of September 1, 2023, the student loan payment pause has been lifted. Interest is again accruing on federal student loans and payments come due starting in October. Return to repayment—along with other developments on student […]