Tips for Safe Shopping and Giving this Holiday Season

ATLANTA, GA – Although many of us will be forgoing our normal holiday plans this season, con artists will, unfortunately, not be taking this year off. With retail sales forecast to increase over 2019 and an ever-growing number of consumers relying on e-commerce to fulfill the family wish list, Attorney General Chris Carr is cautioning consumers to ensure they spend wisely by heeding the following tips from the Consumer Protection Division:

Consumer Alert: Don’t Fall for a Utility Scam

This week is Utility Scam Awareness Week, and Attorney General Chris Carr is warning consumers and businesses that scammers are exploiting the fact that utilities are essential services to con people out of their money. Fraudsters will call or come to your home or business claiming that your account is past due and threaten to shut off your service unless you pay immediately – typically via a prepaid card, gift card or wire transfer.

CONSUMER ALERT: Carr Warns Consumers to Beware of Imposter Scams

Attorney General Chris Carr is warning consumers about scam artists posing as government officials, law enforcement, or utility providers in an attempt to trick consumers into paying large sums of money.

Carr Announces Judgment Against Previous Operator of Gwinnett Mitsubishi and Gwinnett Suzuki

Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that his office has entered into a Consent Judgment with The Momentum Group, Inc., doing business as Gwinnett Mitsubishi and Gwinnett Suzuki, and its sole owner, Fawad Ahmad, to resolve numerous allegations of unlawful and deceptive advertising and sales practices. Under the Judgment, the defendants will pay $198,089.14 in consumer restitution and an initial penalty to the state of $59,029.59. An additional penalty payment of $250,000 will be due at the end of a six and a half year monitoring period unless the defendants comply with all requirements of the settlement, in which case it will be waived.

Carr Recognizes Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Encourages Georgians to Protect their Data and Devices

In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness month this month, Attorney General Chris Carr is urging Georgia consumers, businesses and organizations to learn more about how to safeguard their data from cyber threats.

CONSUMER ALERT: Carr Warns Consumers to Beware of Loan Scams

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has received a number of complaints recently from consumers who have received a scam call informing them that they have been pre-approved for a loan – in some cases, for as much as $30,000. 

Carr and AG Colleagues Announce $60 Million Multistate Settlement with C.R. Bard

Attorney General Chris Carr today announced a settlement by 48 states and the District of Columbia with C.R. Bard, Inc. and its parent company Becton, Dickinson and Company requiring payment of $60 million for the deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

Carr and AG Colleagues Secure Agreement over PEAKS Loans at Defunct For-Profit School

Attorney General Chris Carr has helped secure an agreement to obtain nearly $10 million in debt relief for former ITT Tech students in Georgia as part of a settlement with 47 other attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Carr Sues Elite Integrated Medical for Deceptive Claims Made to Elderly and Disabled Consumers Regarding Stem Cell Therapy

Attorney General Chris Carr today filed suit against Elite Integrated Medical, LLC, formerly known as Superior Healthcare of Woodstock, LLC d/b/a Superior Healthcare Group, Superior Healthcare Sandy Springs, and Superior Healthcare Morrow, along with its owner, Justin Paulk, (collectively “Elite”) for allegedly violating the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act (FBPA) by making false and misleading claims about the regenerative medicine products they offered to Georgia consumers.

Carr Announces $85.1 Million Multistate Settlement with American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced an $85.1 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (collectively “Honda”), over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States. 

Consumer Alert: How to Buy a Car Without Getting Taken for a Ride

ATLANTA, GA – Are you ready for a new set of wheels? Next to buying a home, a vehicle is the biggest purchase most people will make, and once you sign a contract, there is typically no turning back. So, it’s crucial that you do your homework up-front.

Carr Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Encourages Georgians to Learn Signs of Elder Abuse

Some statistics show that at least one in ten adults over 65 will be the victim of some type of abuse in a given year. In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Attorney General Chris Carr is encouraging Georgians to learn how to recognize the signs of elder abuse and know where to report it.

Georgia’s Price Gouging Statute to Stay in Effect through July 12, 2020

On May 28, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp renewed the Public Health State of Emergency, which will now continue through 11:59pm on July 12, 2020. 

CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General Carr Issues Warning Against Financial Exploitation of Older Adults during Covid-19

Attorney General Chris Carr is warning older Georgians, their families and their caretakers to be on the lookout for signs of financial exploitation, especially with regard to the recent issuance of federal stimulus checks.  

CONSUMER ALERT: Fraudsters Perpetrating New Scams to Capitalize on COVID-19

Attorney General Chris Carr is warning Georgians about new ways in which scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.