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Friday, January 26, 2024 When a new technology emerges, scammers are the first to exploit it to target unsuspecting consumers. Our office has been hearing reports of bad actors using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to clone popular figures’ voices to try and trick you out of your money or personal information. They may even clone the […]

January 23, 2024 Recently, the North Carolina Department of Justice published our 2023 annual report and shared the top 10 consumer complaints we received in 2023. Our office’s Consumer Protection Division works hard to educate the people of North Carolina about ways to protect themselves from scams, fraud, unfair business practices, and bad actors. When […]

Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 This time of year, online shopping surges as folks scramble to buy holiday gifts and find the best deals online. Unfortunately, scammers know this all too well and will be trying to take advantage of unaware shoppers. People often report credit card fraud and phishing and shipping scams during the holiday […]

Friday, October 13, 2023 The horrific stories we are all reading about Saturday’s attack in Israel are hard to process, but our hearts go out to the innocents. During a crisis like this, you may want to donate to relief efforts. Unfortunately, scammers will stop at nothing to take advantage of people, even those who […]

Friday, September 29, 2023 The federal government may shut down as soon as Sunday. Many of us will experience the results of this shutdown in our daily lives, but we don’t want to let scammers make it even worse. It is important to stay vigilant against scammers who will try to use this time of […]

Thursday, September 7, 2023 As the student loan landscape continues to evolve, borrowers face shifting deadlines, confusion, and uncertainty. As of September 1, 2023, the student loan payment pause has been lifted. Interest is again accruing on federal student loans and payments come due starting in October. Return to repayment—along with other developments on student […]

Friday, September 1, 2023 After Tropical Storm Idalia passed through North Carolina this week, several areas of coastal and eastern North Carolina were flooded and suffered storm damage. As North Carolinians begin to recover from the effects of the storm, scammers are out in full force trying to take advantage. And we’re still in the […]

Friday, July 28, 2023 Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been all over the news as we all grapple with how it will impact our lives. Some forms of AI might make some tasks easier, but as with any new technology, scammers will try to use it to deceive people. Scammers are already at it; they’re using […]

Have you gotten into cryptocurrency? Here’s a new angle to watch out for: exchanging your currency. Exchanges can sometimes lead to money loss – and are further exacerbated by so-called recovery services that trick people who have lost money or crypto. Some recovery services try to convince you they can get your money back by impersonating […]

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Are you currently looking for a new job? Scammers have ramped up efforts to take advantage of job seekers to trick them out of their money or steal their identity. These employment scammers will post spoofed job postings or contact you about a new job opportunity in exchange for your personal […]