Carr Recognizes International Fraud Awareness Week

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is recognizing International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 14 - 20, 2021, by encouraging Georgia consumers to learn the red flags of a scam to protect their personal and financial information.

“Scammers are constantly adapting their fraudulent schemes to new technologies, seasonal happenings, the latest trends and current events,” said Carr. “To stay ahead of these deceptive tactics, we urge all Georgians to familiarize themselves with the common signs of a scam and to take precautions to protect their privacy and their finances."

CONSUMER ALERT: Tips for a Safe and Fun Halloween

Attorney General Chris Carr is offering important safety tips to help Georgia families prepare for the upcoming Halloween weekend. “Halloween is an exciting time for kids and provides a memorable experience for families across our state,” said Carr. “Unfortunately, holiday activities also bring the potential for accidents if the proper precautionary steps are not taken. To help Georgians stay safe, our Consumer Protection Division offers the following tips to enjoy peace of mind while spending time with family and friends this Halloween weekend.”

CONSUMER ALERT: Carr Warns Georgians to Look Out for World Series Ticket Scams

Attorney General Chris Carr is warning Atlanta Braves fans to look out for ticket scams ahead of this week’s World Series games. Major sporting events present an opportunity for scammers to exploit consumers through the sale of fake, void or stolen tickets on the secondary market. Ticket scams not only pose a risk for financial theft, but consumers may also fall victim to identity theft if both financial and personal information is provided as part of the transaction.

Carr Warns Georgians to be Aware of Fraudulent Charities

Attorney General Chris Carr is joining with state charities regulators and the Federal Trade Commission to observe International Charity Fraud Awareness Week from Oct. 18-22. This is a coordinated campaign to help charities and consumers avoid charity fraud and promote wise giving.

“Far too often scam artists exploit the generosity of Georgia citizens by posing as legitimate charities in an effort to commit financial theft,” Carr warns. “It is important to understand the warning signs of a fraudulent charity and best practices for mitigating any potential harm if you were to encounter this type of scam. Our office is dedicated to pr

Attorney General Carr Recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the Attorney General’s Office wants Georgians to know how to keep their sensitive information safe from cybercriminals.

Carr Warns of Flood-Damaged Vehicles Being Sold in the Wake of Hurricane Ida

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is advising consumers who are buying used cars to be wary of vehicles that might have suffered flood damage as the result of Hurricane Ida.  Flood-damaged vehicles are often sold at auction and then wind up on used car lots. Sometimes the vehicle’s title will indicate “salvage” or “totaled,” but sometimes the vehicle is retitled in another state and the damage on the vehicle’s title is not disclosed as required, a practice known as “title washing.”

Carr Warns Georgians to Look Out for Imposter Scams

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is cautioning Georgians about several imposter scams that are making the rounds. “Scammers may try to gain your confidence by posing as a legitimate company or government agency,” warns Attorney General Carr. “Consumers should be very wary of unsolicited text messages, emails and phone calls and avoid providing sensitive information, clicking on links, or downloading file attachments unless they know for a fact that the sender or caller is who they claim to be.” 

Attorney General Chris Carr Provides Update on Fight Against Robocalls

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr, today released an update on telecom companies’ progress in implementing the Anti-Robocall Principles he signed onto in 2019. Since September 2019, companies that agreed to these Principles have identified more than 52 billion spam or spoofed numbers calls, authenticated the caller ID numbers of hundreds of billions of calls, and blocked more than 32.5 billion spam, spoofed, or illegal calls. There is more work to do, however. Already this year, 391,453 Americans have filed reports with the FTC about robocalls, reporting totals of at least $356 million in losses. These numbers underscore the need to continue to fight back against the scourge of robocalls.

CONSUMER ALERT: New Twist on Grandparent Scam

In a new twist on the grandparent scam, the scammers say they will send someone to the person’s house to pick up the money that their grandchild urgently needs. Once the victim pays the money to the courier (often an unwitting Uber or Lyft driver), there’s virtually no way to get it back. 

Carr Warns of Fake Change-of-Address Websites

Attorney General Chris Carr is cautioning Georgians who are planning a move to look out for fake change-of-address websites. Always make sure you are going to the legitimate U.S. Postal Service (USPS) website when you are requesting a change-of-address – either USPS.com or USPS.com/move.

Carr, FTC Hold Companies Accountable for Deceptive Claims Regarding Stem Cell Therapy

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today filed a joint enforcement action against Superior Healthcare, LLC, Regenerative Medicine Institute of America, LLC d/b/a Stem Cell Institute of America, LLC, Physicians Business Solutions, LLC, Steven Peyroux, and Brent Detelich for allegedly violating the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act (FBPA) and the FTC Act by making false and misleading claims about the regenerative medicine products they offered to consumers in Georgia.

Carr: $19.8M Settlement reached with Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd.

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced a $19.8 million settlement with Turtle Creek Assets, Ltd. and its owner, Gordon Engle, (collectively “Turtle Creek”), resolving allegations that the company committed multiple violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.

Carr Reveals Georgia’s Top Consumer Complaints for 2020

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced Georgia’s top consumer complaints for 2020. This announcement follows the release of the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer agencies conducted by Consumer Federation of America (CFA).

SCAM ALERT: Carr Warns of Pyramid Schemes Aimed at Instagram Users

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is warning consumers about a new take on the classic pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal multilevel marketing programs that promise consumers or investors large profits based primarily on recruiting others to join their program, not based on profits from any real investment or real sale of goods to the public. They may require you to buy products before you are eligible to be paid or receive bonuses, and you may need to pay fees for things like training sessions or expensive marketing materials. Plus, you can pretty much count on the fact that the only people making money are the scammers who are running it.

Carr Stops Company from Exploiting Georgians

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that Burlington Financial Group, LLC, Katherine Burnham, Sang Yi, and Richard Burnham (Burlington) have entered into a consent judgment with the State of Georgia and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to resolve allegations that they violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Fair Business Practices Act (FBPA), and the Debt Adjustment Act in connection with the marketing, sale, and provision of debt relief and credit repair services.