Category archives for: NC DOJ ALERTS

Working with a Realtor? Watch out for this Scam

(Raleigh, NC) – Crooks are targeting real estate agents and companies with a scam aimed at potential home buyers. North Carolina consumers have reported losing tens of thousands of dollars in this type of fraud.

Be Smart… And Cautious… With “Smart” Toys

Toys that talk to you, know your name and play like real friends? Toys today are a far cry from the cabbage patch kids and G.I. Joe’s their parents played with. Many toys these days can connect to the internet. One reason these new toys are so fascinating is their connectivity; but with this exciting level of engagement also comes the risks associated with kids being online. Parents must be aware of these risks and monitor how their children are playing.

Scammers Dangle Tobacco Settlement Funds

Almost 20 years ago, the major tobacco companies agreed to a “Master Settlement” with state and local governments. The agreement, which has pumped billions of dollars into anti-smoking campaigns and other efforts to improve health, has also helped recover the cost of treating tobacco-related diseases. Now, crooks are trying to lure potential victims by claiming that they can receive some of that settlement money.

The Rules Have Changed – Learn How To Tell A Fake IRS Agent From A Real One

Starting this month, Congress is requiring the IRS to hire private debt collectors. Four legitimate debt collection companies will be contacting taxpayers by phone.

Jury Duty Scammers Still Working The Phones

North Carolinians continue to receive calls from phony sheriff’s deputies who claim they skipped jury duty and a subsequent court date. The caller says a warrant has been issued for your arrest, or soon will be, but you can pay a fine now and avoid being arrested.

Are You Sure Those Tickets Are Real ?

Tickets to the upcoming UNC-Duke basketball game are hard to come by. So when someone used Craigslist to try to sell seats to the big game, it got the attention of police in Carrboro. They arranged a meeting with the seller, determined his tickets were fakes, and arrested him.

Look Out For Fake Package Email Alerts This Holiday Season

If you think you’ve become the target of a phishing scam, report it to the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at

Don’t Fall For Storm Repair Scams

Hurricane Matthew flooded homes and businesses, ripped off roofs and sent tree through walls and across driveways. Unfortunately, home repair scammers are trying to profit off the damage.

In Hurricane Matthew’s Wake, Look Out For Impostor Scams

After Hurricane Matthew swept up the east coast leaving damage in its wake, many of those affected are in need of assistance. Unfortunately, past natural disasters have shown us that scammers may pose as utility workers, insurance adjusters, or even FEMA officials.

Some Professional Awards Offer Praise, For A Price

(Raleigh, NC) – It’s always nice to be honored with an award, but sometimes there’s a catch. In the case of recent messages sent to many employees—including some here in the Attorney General’s Office–the catch is that you have to pay for that recognition. Many of these awards for a fee use generic-sounding names and […]


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