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Category: Columns

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February 2019 On average, 36 sexual assault evidence collection kits are collected each week in North Carolina. It is staggering to think that this heinous crime occurs so frequently. Each one of these kits represents a tragedy in someone’s life. We need to send a clear message to all survivors: The State of North Carolina […]

1/9/2019 Attorney General Josh Stein January 2019 As we begin 2019, I want to highlight some of the work the North Carolina Department of Justice has done in the past year to prevent crime, support law enforcement, safeguard consumers, and defend North Carolina and its people. When I took office in 2017, I highlighted our […]

12/5/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein December 2018 The holiday season can bring out the best of people’s generosity of spirit. Travel, time spent with people we love, and efforts to reach out to help our neighbors in need all enrich our enjoyment. But it’s also a busy time for scammers, who ramp up their efforts […]

11/9/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein November 2018 We’re heading into holiday season, which means lots of shopping for many of us. I enjoy buying gifts from local stores, but increasingly people shop online. Shopping online can be convenient but it has its own risks. If you’re buying online, here are some ways to protect your […]

10/2/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein October 2018 Grandparents and grandchildren often have a special relationship. Kids are used to getting away with a little more with their grandparents, and grandparents are happy to spoil their grandkids a little. Some con artists know this and are only too willing to take advantage of a grandparent’s love […]

9/13/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein September 2018 As we prepare for and recover from Hurricane Florence and its devastation, there are a number of ways we can all be prepared. We’re all thinking about our emergency kits, food, batteries, and keeping safe, but here are some things to be aware of before and after the […]

8/6/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein August 2018 Summer vacation is wrapping up, and many of you or your children are beginning to think about or are getting ready to start or return to college. But there’s important homework to do before the semester begins.Higher education is a major financial investment, and students can use the […]

7/9/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein July 2018 As we celebrated our nation on the 4th of July, we must also remember those who work to keep us safe. July is Military Consumer Month, a good time to highlight the work my office does to protect our service members from scams and fraud. Unfortunately, members of […]

6/18/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein June 2018Summer weather brings a lot to be excited about, but don’t forget that it also brings hurricane season. Unfortunately, experts are predicting an especially high level of hurricane activity this year. We can’t know how natural disasters will impact our homes and neighborhoods, but there are some things you […]

5/25/2018 Attorney General Josh Stein    What’s better than the beginning of summer? Longer days, warm weather, and for many, summer vacations. But nothing will cause a trip to go off the rails faster than falling victim to a travel scam. When you’re planning your travel this year, plan ahead with these tips to help […]