Attorney General Josh Stein Asks Google for Answers

RALEIGH, NC (October 11, 2018) -- Attorney General Josh Stein wrote Google CEO Sundar Pichai to demand answers about the company’s security and safety. This week, Google announced a security breach to its Google+ network. “North…

Guarding against Grandparent Scams

RALEIGH, NC (October 1, 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…

Stay Safe and Avoid Scams

RALEIGH, NC (September 10, 2018) -- The price gouging law that protects consumers from scammers is now in effect in North Carolina after Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state as Hurricane Florence moves toward the…

Don’t fall for email extortion scams

RALEIGH, NC (July 31, 2018) -- The North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ) has seen a string of email scams in the past few weeks from scammers threatening to release private videos of you unless you pay them. The scammers will…

Beware of phony arrest threats from the State Treasurer

RALEIGH, NC (July 20, 2018) -- If you’ve received a phone call or email from the North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer (DST) claiming that you or your loved ones will be arrested due to a failure to pay outstanding fines, don’t…

Scammer Tries a New Payment Method

RALEIGH, NC (June 5, 2018)…Scammers are always looking for new twists and new ways to carry out their schemes, and a Durham resident recently experienced this firsthand. After being convinced that he was a lottery winner, the elderly…

Beware of Distraction Scammers

RALEIGH, NC (April 26, 2018)…Law enforcement officials in Wake County have received multiple reports of scammers posing as flooring salesmen, and targeting the elderly. These crooks work as a two or three-person team. They often put the…

Internet Rental Scams

RALEIGH, NC (April 16, 2018)…Finding affordable housing is a challenge in many parts of North Carolina, and rental scammers are well aware of this fact. They exploit the situation by “hijacking” existing online ads (substituting their…

Blue Cross, State Health Plan Warn of Phony Calls

RALEIGH, NC (April 5, 2018)…The North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (which administers the plan), are reporting that some of their members are receiving phone…

Consumer Protection Week

RALEIGH, NC (March 8, 2018)…National Consumer Protection Week is a good time to make sure you are taking steps to avoid being the victim of frauds, scams, and unethical businesses practices. Here’s a refresher on some basic rules that can…

Beware Fake Cops, Kidnappers, and Relatives

RALEIGH, NC (December 28, 2017)…When crooks try to trick you with an impostor scam, they usually use scare tactics. In grandparent scams, also known as family emergency scams, the fear is that your grandchild or relative is in trouble and…

Don’t Get Taken During the Season of Giving

RALEIGH, NC (December 15, 2017)…One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how North Carolinians’ generosity extends beyond their own families to reach neighbors in need. However, there are some who view the holidays not as a…