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Attorney General Josh Stein September 2020 As we approach the end of summer, we’ve made hard-fought gains in North Carolina against the coronavirus pandemic. At the Department of Justice, we’ve been working to address the challenges caused by this pandemic and protect North Carolinians. But we’ve also continued to uphold the other responsibilities of our […]

Attorney General Josh Stein August 2020 It’s back-to-school time, but everything looks quite a bit different this year. If your kids are like mine, they have probably already been spending more time online this summer, but with most schools implementing various distance learning tools, their online time will only increase. That makes it all the […]

Attorney General Josh Stein July 2020 While we continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to forget that hurricane season began in June. But Hurricane Dorian hit North Carolina last year, and parts of our state are still recovering from the damage. As the peak of hurricane season approaches and while cases of […]

Attorney General Josh Stein June 2020 Over the past few weeks, as we’ve mourned the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, North Carolinians and people across our nation have been having critical, overdue conversations about the systemic racism that African Americans experience and the work we have to do to heal […]

Attorney General Josh Stein launched Operation Silver Shield to confront scammers and fraudsters who target older North Carolinians. Operation Silver Shield covers all of NCDOJ’s varied work to protect people from scams, take legal action against fraudsters when necessary, and educate people on how best to keep themselves and their parents and grandparents safe. May Scammer Scorecard Every month, […]

Attorney General Josh Stein May 2020 As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our priority should be focusing on keeping ourselves and our loved ones healthy. At the same time, this pandemic has also left more than 1 million North Carolinians unemployed and many more experiencing economic difficulties in other ways. At the […]

Attorney General Josh Stein April 2020 In North Carolina and around the world, we are responding on all fronts to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented time, and my greatest concern is making sure that North Carolinians are safe and protected. Even as we watch out for each other, scammers are still looking for […]

Attorney General Josh Stein March 2020 Reports of the coronavirus are on the rise across the globe and even here in North Carolina. Unfortunately, a situation that creates fear also creates an opportunity for scammers. Let’s not only prevent the spread of the virus, let’s also prevent our loved ones from falling victim to scams. […]

Attorney General Josh Stein February 2020 Last year, my office received 1,249 complaints from North Carolinians who had lost nearly $4.5 million through elder fraud. Scammers will often target older adults because they may be more vulnerable to the tactics used to frighten them out of their hard-earned money. That’s why this month, I launched […]

Attorney General Josh Stein January 2020 Earlier this month, the Durham Housing Authority relocated about 270 families from McDougald Terrace, a Durham public housing complex, after inspections indicated elevated carbon monoxide levels in appliances. As a result, concerned community members have worked to raise funds for residents who had to temporarily relocate and deal with […]