Carr: The Home Depot and States Agree on Settlement Regarding Data Breach

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr, along with the attorneys general of 45 other states and the District of Columbia, have agreed to a $17.5 million-dollar settlement with Georgia-based retailer, The Home Depot. The settlement resolves a multistate investigation of a 2014 data breach involving the payment card information of approximately 40 million Home Depot consumers nationwide. The State of Georgia will collect $356,366.24 through this settlement.

Consumer Alert: Don’t Fall for a Utility Scam

ATLANTA, GA – 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.

Carr Announces Launch of Revamped Consumer Website

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the office’s Consumer Protection Division has launched a revamped website at www.consumer.ga.gov.

Consumer Alert: Georgia Residency Requirements for Voting in a Runoff

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is providing the following information to educate voters about their rights and responsibilities under Georgia law. Based on federal law governing elections with federal candidates, Georgia voters have until December 7, 2020, to register to vote for the January 5, 2021, runoff. The qualifications to be a registered voter in Georgia are set out in Section I of Article II of the Georgia Constitution and in O.C.G.A. § 21‑2‑216. The rules for county registrars to determine whether an applicant is a resident of the State of Georgia and the county where registration is sought are set forth at O.C.G.A. § 21‑2‑217.

CONSUMER ALERT: CARR WARNS CONSUMERS TO BEWARE OF IMPOSTER SCAMS

ATLANTA, GA – 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: Georgia Part of Google Lawsuit on Violation of Antitrust Laws

ATLANTA, GAAttorney General Chris Carr - along with the Department of Justice and ten other state Attorneys General — today filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas.

Carr: Prosecution Division Secures Guilty Plea in Financial Fraud Case

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that on October 14, 2020, Arthur Geary Allen pled guilty in Cobb County Superior Court to one count of Theft by Taking. Allen was sentenced by Judge Robert D. Leonard under the First Offender Act to 20 years– two of which he will serve in custody with a turn-in date of February 26, 2021, followed by 18 years of probation – and to pay restitution in the amount of $301,872 which has already been recovered as a result of the prosecution.

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

ATLANTA, GA – 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

ATLANTA, GA – 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

ATLANTA, GA – 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. The scammer then says that in order to receive the loan, the consumer will first need to send approximately $500 to the business for “loan fees,” typically via cashier’s check, wire transfer or GreenDot MoneyPak. After sending the money, consumers may be told they need to pay an additional loan fee of approximately $900 before receiving the money. The consumers never receive the loan money and are unable to get refunded for the fees they paid.