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Don’t Get Caught in the Eye this Hurricane Season Attorney General Josh Stein July 2024 Hurricane season is now upon us in North Carolina and will run through November. Along with the storm surge these natural disasters may bring, they also may bring a new wave of scammers. These criminals will try to take advantage […]

June 2024 Serving as your Attorney General is an honor that comes with a tremendous responsibility to you, the people of North Carolina. I take that responsibility seriously and am excited to show you all how hard we’ve been working for you at the Department of Justice (DOJ). My talented colleagues and I work daily […]

Attorney General Josh Stein May 2024 May is Military Appreciation Month, a month-long recognition of the dedication and sacrifice servicemembers and their families make for our nation. While their dedication is worth honoring every day, highlighting them during May offers the chance to lift them up and shed light on the ways we as citizens […]

April 2024 This month, my office announced a milestone that has been more than six years in the making: North Carolina has ended the backlog of older sexual assault kits. This achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and collaboration of so many people. Survivors and victim advocates, law enforcement agencies, the scientists […]

Attorney General Josh Stein March 2024  North Carolina is a beautiful state. People want to live and raise a family here. That kind of growth can constrain housing options for folks. North Carolinians are dealing with higher rent rates, higher interest and complex mortgages, or bad actors trying to take advantage of homeowners. This month, […]

February 2024 During February, we often think about making connections and building new relationships. Relationships bring joy and connection – but unfortunately, scammers love to prey on other people’s hope and happiness. They are adept at using sweetheart scams to rob people of their hard-earned money. In 2023, we received 71 sweetheart scam complaints representing […]

January 2024 In 2023, North Carolina consumers filed 21,544 complaints with my office, and we recovered more than $1.4 million for them. As we start the new year, I hope you will arm yourself to protect your hard-earned money by reviewing some tips to avoid the top 10 consumer complaints reported to my office last […]

December 2023 It’s the “most wonderful time of the year,” and everyone should be thinking about spending time with family and friends or finding the perfect gifts for their loved ones. But for scammers, this can be the most profitable time of the year. The holidays are a busy time for criminals who want to […]

November 2023 The holiday season is fast approaching, and the spirit of giving is in the air. For many North Carolinians, this is a time for giving back by donating to charities. But for scammers, it’s a time to prey on their goodwill. As charities begin reaching out to folks to support their cause, scammers […]

October 2023 Domestic violence is a horrific crime that poses a real and constant threat to victims. At its most tragic, it can be fatal. Already this year, 57 North Carolinians have lost their lives to domestic violence homicides. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we shine a light on this crime that often occurs in […]