CONSUMER ALERT: Don’t Let a Romance Scammer Steal Your Heart or Your Money

ATLANTA, GA – Many singles looking for romance have turned to online dating sites, especially now that the pandemic has led many to make socializing a virtual-only activity. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the situation by perpetrating romance scams, and they have been largely successful. In fact, even before the pandemic hit, tens of thousands of people were falling victim to these online scams each year.

Carr Joins Attorneys General in Calling on President Biden to Reinstate Keystone XL Permit

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr and a coalition of 13 other attorneys general today called on President Joe Biden to reconsider his unilateral revocation of the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and advised him that the states are reviewing available legal options to protect their citizens and interests.

Carr and AG Colleagues Reach $573M Settlement with McKinsey & Company for its Role in the Opioid Epidemic with Purdue Pharma

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a coalition of attorneys general from 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories in a $573 million settlement with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, McKinsey & Company, resolving investigations into the company’s role in working for opioid companies, helping those companies promote their drugs, and profiting from the opioid epidemic.

Carr: Don’t Fall for Scams Requiring You to Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today warned Georgians that scammers have been trying to exploit the vaccine rollout by calling, texting or emailing consumers asking for payment for the promise of getting the vaccine, scheduling an appointment or getting on the waiting list. 

Attorney General Chris Carr and the Georgia Department of Revenue Warn Georgia Taxpayers about Tax Identity Theft and Tax-Related Scams

ATLANTA, GA – With tax season approaching, Attorney General Chris Carr is encouraging Georgia taxpayers to protect themselves from tax-related scams and tax identity theft.

“As Georgians prepare to file their taxes this year, we are offering a few tips and warnings to protect them from con artists who may try to swindle Georgia taxpayers out of their hard-earned money,” said Attorney General Chris Carr.

“The Department of Revenue continuously adapts our fraud management system to catch tax identity theft and tax fraud once returns are filed,” said Revenue Commissioner David Curry. “However, I would like to strongly encourage taxpayers to help combat this problem by learning how to protect their information and by doing their due diligence to ensure they are entrusting their confidential taxpayer information to a reputable tax professional.”

Carr: Posting Your COVID Vaccine Card Online Could Lead to Identity Theft

ATLANTA, GA – As part of Identity Theft Protection Week, Attorney General Chris Carr is warning Georgians who have received their COVID vaccine not to share the news by posting their COVID vaccine card to their social media apps as doing so could lead to identity theft.

“I strongly encourage all Georgians to get vaccinated for COVID at the appropriate time, but cannot discourage them enough against the posting of their vaccination cards on social media,” warns Attorney General Carr. “This new trend of doing so, however well-intentioned, could lead to their full names and birthdates falling into the wrong hands.”

Carr Applauds Lake Lanier Storage Agreement

ATLANTA, GA - Attorney General Chris Carr is applauding the execution of a contract between Georgia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week providing the State with storage space in Lake Lanier that will allow Georgia to withdraw and use the water held in that storage space for municipal and industrial purposes. Georgia water supply providers, including Gwinnett and Forsyth counties and the cities of Gainesville, Cumming, and Buford, had been withdrawing water from Lake Lanier for years without formal contracts in place while waiting on the Corps to respond to the State’s request for a formal contract.

Attorney General Carr Issues Warning Against Financial Exploitation of Seniors and Disabled Adults during Covid-19

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

“Georgia has a comprehensive Elder Abuse Law that covers financial exploitation,” says Attorney General Carr. “The law also contains unique protections for individuals residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as disabled adults. We are on the lookout for individuals and organizations that are taking advantage of older and disabled adults with regard to their stimulus checks. Our Consumer Protection Division, Prosecution Division and Medicaid Fraud Division will work together with other law enforcement partners to see that bad actors are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Attorney General Carr joins 49 Attorneys General in Condemning Attack on the U.S. Capitol

ATLANTA, GA - Attorney General Chris Carr today joined a bipartisan coalition of 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, in sending a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and stating such actions cannot be allowed to go unchecked.

Carr Recognizes National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Provides Update on Work of the Human Trafficking Unit and Georgia Efforts

ATLANTA – Attorney General Chris Carr is joining a group of federal, state and local government agencies and advocacy organizations in recognizing National Human Trafficking Awareness Month during January.

“Our office takes this crime and our role in protecting the vulnerable from this scourge very seriously,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “Our Human Trafficking Unit works tirelessly to rescue victims and bring criminals to justice. I want to commend them for the job that they do and highlight their recent activities. We also want to acknowledge the invaluable support and partnerships with the Governor and First Lady Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly.”