Hit scammers where it hurts | Protect your information and moneyApril 7, 2021
Attorney General Josh Stein talks robocalls and COVID-19 scams people should be aware of
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Your phone rings and it’s another robocall or even worse it’s someone trying to take your hard earned cash.
It seems like scammers are always finding ways to find new victims.
Attorney General Josh Stein joined 2 Wants to know to talk about what the state is doing to fight scams and protect consumers.
HOW CAN I STOP ROBOCALLERS?
In 2020, the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice received 31,019 consumer complaints. More than 10,000 of them were robocall and do not call complaints. Since so many scams originate through robocalls, Attorney General Josh Stein created the Robocall Report Task Force and asked North Carolinians to report robocallers through a detailed web form (www.ncdoj.gov/norobo) and dedicated robo-report hotline (1-844-8-NO-ROBO). While robocalls and illegal telemarketing calls can be hard to track down and stop, these robocall reports help them identify patterns in scams that they can use to warn consumers about and help them work with state and federal partners to identify technological solutions to stop people from getting these calls.
DON’T FALL FOR FAKE COVID-19 VACCINE SCAMS
Here’s what you should know about these fake vaccine offers and scams:
- Beware of counterfeit vaccines or miracle cures. There are currently only two COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States – the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. If other vaccines are approved by the FDA, they will be listed here. Scammers may try to sell you a trafficked or counterfeit vaccine – avoid them by ensuring that you schedule your vaccine appointment through a legitimate provider. Find local vaccine providers through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.
- Vaccines are free, even if you don’t have insurance. If you’re being offered a vaccine for a fee or at a “very low” price, it’s a scam. Vaccines cannot be purchased. Some scammers may reserve several appointment slots at once, and then try to sell them to the highest bidder. You should not pay for any appointment – don’t give these scammers your money or your personal data.
- Don’t believe claims of “miracle cures” or new treatments that will protect you from COVID-19. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- You cannot get the vaccine before it’s your turn and do not pay anyone to move up…