Consumer Alerts

07/11/2012 Utility bill payment scam
03/06/2012 Taxpayers Should Beware of Phony IRS Email
12/08/2011 Emails with Malicious Web Link Claim to Originate from Better Business Bureau System
04/20/2011 Fraudulent Phone Call Targets State Employee Following Internet Security Breach
03/28/2011 Phoner Toner Scams
03/15/2011 Beware of Charitable Scams During Japan Relief Effort
03/08/2010 Parents Should Keep Children Away From new Video Chat Web Site Chatroulette.com
02/18/2010 Texas Attorney General Provides Tips to Avoid Becoming A Tax Scam Victim
01/26/2010 Advance Fee Fraud Targets Haitian Americans Trying To Bring Relatives To U.S.
01/14/2010 Beware of Charitable Scams During Haiti Relief Effort
11/10/2009 Beware of Calls Offering “Free” English Courses Paid by Federal Government
07/29/2009 ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Scams
07/15/2009 Scam Artists Posing as Federal Trade Commission Officials Targeting Texans in Sweepstakes Scam
06/17/2009 Smishing Scam Targets Houston-area Credit Union Accounts
05/19/2009 Beware of Text Message Spam: "Smishing"
05/15/2009 Attorney General Abbott Warns of Fake IRS Check Scam
03/06/2009 Attorney General Abbott Warns Of Financial Fraudsters
03/05/2009 Foreclosure Rescue Scams Growing Threat To Consumers
03/04/2009 Attorney General Abbott Advises Attention To Identity Theft
03/03/2009 Attorney General Abbott Warns Job Seekers To Use Care
03/02/2009 Attorney General Abbott Urges Texans To Get All The Facts Before Entering Into Credit Counseling, Debt Servicing Agreements
02/20/2009 Beware Of Unsolicited Calls, E-Mails Claiming To Be From American National Bank In Mount Pleasant
12/03/2008 Make Smart Decisions When Giving Gift Cards
10/09/2008 Disaster Declaration Extended; Report Price Gouging To Complaint Hotline
10/08/2008 Beware Of Unsolicited Calls Claiming To Be From Orange Savings Bank
10/01/2008 Watch For Online Charity Scams After Hurricane Ike
09/29/2008 Texans Should Be Alert To Home Repair Scams Following Hurricane Ike
09/26/2008 Texans Should Know Their Rights to Disaster Assistance in Wake of Hurricane IKE
09/24/2008 Report Price Gouging To Attorney General
09/22/2008 Texans Should Be Alert To Clean-Up, Repair Services Scams in Wake of Hurricane Ike
09/19/2008 Give Wisely After Hurricane Ike
09/17/2008 Take Simple Steps To Avoid Disaster-Related Scams
09/16/2008 Report Price Gouging To Attorney General's Consumer Complaint Hotline
09/16/2008 Evacuees Should Know Their Rights When Staying At Hotels
08/25/2008 New FTC Rule will Let Telephone Customers Avoid Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls
08/14/2008 New Identity Theft Scam Targets Texas Debit Card Users
07/03/2008 Beware of Spam E-mails Claiming to Originate from the Office of the Attorney General
06/11/2008 Attorney General Abbott Warns Consumers to Avoid Cashing Bogus Checks
03/19/2008 Check the Source of Online Health Information
02/12/2008 Scammers Taking Advantage of New Federal Economic Stimulus Package
01/07/2008 Landlords, Roommates Can Fall Prey to Counterfeit Checks
12/14/2007 Identity Thieves Impersonate Texas Banks
12/06/2007 Don't Pay Up Front to Borrow Holiday Cash
11/27/2007 Spoof Credit Union E-Mails Could Ruin Consumers’ Holidays
11/14/2007 Office Supply Scams
11/07/2007 Give Wisely to Organizations Claiming to Benefit Public Safety Officers
10/22/2007 Jury Duty Scam Just Another Identity Theft Trick
08/14/2007 Expanded Toy Recall<br> Mattel, Inc. recalls more than 9 million toys due to lead poisoning hazard, choking risk
08/09/2007 Texans Urged to Check for Potentially Dangerous Tires Distributed by Foreign Tire Sales, Inc.
08/07/2007 Toys Recalled Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard
08/02/2007 Texans Urged to Check for Potentially Dangerous Tires
12/07/2006 Be a Smart Shopper When Buying Gift Cards
11/16/2006 It is the Season of Good Will, Give Wisely
10/19/2006 “Vishing” is a New Addition To Identity Thieves’ Arsenal
09/13/2006 Sony Music CD
08/01/2006 Beware of Letters from Nigeria
07/18/2006 EMT Alert Card is a Scam
05/24/2006 Be Alert When Dealing with Pop-up Ads Online
04/19/2006 Phony Real Estate Agents Steal Buyers’ Cash
04/12/2006 “Government Grants” Scams Alive and Well
03/23/2006 Hispanics Are Targets of Suspicious Vacation Sweepstakes
03/09/2006 Fake Check Scam Hits Charities
02/17/2006 "Comerica Identity Check" is a Scam
12/19/2005 "Texas Health Department" Shopping Spree is a Scam
10/17/2005 "Loss Consultants" Usually Unnecessary
09/20/2005 Beware of Mortgage Payoff Scammers
09/08/2005 Beware of Hurricane Relief Scams
08/26/2005 Business Masquerades as State Agency
08/19/2005 Phony Job Offer Targeting Unemployed Flight Attendants Requires Applicants to Front Money for Travel
07/14/2005 Beware of Phony "Wal-Mart Shopping Spree"
06/10/2005 Scam Artist Impersonates Attorney General Employee
05/19/2005 American Community Survey is Legitimate
02/09/2005 9-1-1: What You Need to Know About Online Emergency Service
01/05/2005 Mortgage Foreclosure "Rescue" Could Cost You Your Home
01/05/2005 Tsunami Relief Effort: Give Wisely
12/14/2004 Costly International Calls May Be Spyware Scam
12/13/2004 VIOXX Consumer Refund Program
11/16/2004 DON'T FALL FOR JAILHOUSE “*72” PHONE SCAM
10/14/2004 Attorney General "Endorsement" Is Usually Bogus
10/04/2004 Beware of So-Called "Large Fund" Loan Officers
08/23/2004 Caller Leaves "Stock Tip" After Dialing "Wrong Number"
07/20/2004 "Government Grant" is a Scam
07/08/2004 Beware of Cashier's Check Scam
06/21/2004 "Gas Coupons" an Excuse to Get Bank Account Numbers
05/11/2004 Do Not Respond to Requests to "Verify" Personal Financial Information
05/10/2004 Raffles in Texas: Know the Law
04/20/2004 Beware of Bogus " Government Grants "
03/05/2004 Do Not Fall For Bogus Property Tax Lien Notice
02/05/2004 Don't Fall for the Hot Five
01/28/2004 Bogus E-Mail Claims to Come from Homeland Security, FDIC
01/21/2004 Don't Fall for Scholarship Scam
01/15/2004 Beware of Phony Debts
12/15/2003 Tax Scam Targets Minority Business Owners
12/10/2003 Give Wisely in this Season of Good Will
12/08/2003 Beware of Bogus "Easy Credit" Loans
12/05/2003 Beware of "recovery" scam
11/17/2003 Beware Faxers Who Charge to Remove You From Database
10/14/2003 Phony contractor offers to "seal" roof
08/22/2003 Scam E-mail: Your credit card has been charged...
07/08/2003 Consumers Scammed by Easy-Credit Loan Officers
06/30/2003 Debt collector threatens license suspension
05/01/2003 Scam E-mails
04/04/2003 Identity Theft Alert
04/02/2003 War Scams
04/02/2003 Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud
04/02/2003 Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
03/20/2003 Job-Search Site Identity Theft Scams
03/20/2003 New Variant on Advance Fee Fraud
03/19/2003 Lost Pet Scam

ABOUT CONSUMER ALERTS - The Office of the Attorney General accepts consumer complaints about businesses. When a pattern of complaints warrants intervention, the Attorney General can file a civil lawsuit under consumer protection statutes, sometimes with the result that a company is required to pay restitution to consumers -- see our Major Lawsuits page. However, when a consumer is swindled by a con artist, filing a complaint cannot help. Civil litigation can sometimes put a very unscrupulous business out of action, but often cannot produce restitution.

Individual con artists generally fall under the jurisdiction of a criminal prosecutor -- in Texas, this is the district or county attorney. But even when they are charged and convicted, these individuals usually have spent the money as fast as they have stolen it. A person who is the victim of fraud should report the incident to the police or sheriff. But by far the best thing is for consumers to be aware of fraud, so they are not swindled in the first place. For this reason, the Office of the Attorney General posts these Consumer Alerts about possible scams and schemes that come to our attention through citizen contacts to our office or other sources.

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