Consumer Alert - Attorney General Warns of Phony AG Calls
published on 05/16/2012
Attorney General Pruitt Warns of Phony AG Calls
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt today issued a consumer alert to warn Oklahomans about fraudulent telephone calls from people posing as employees of the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office.
According to the complaints, the imposters are calling Oklahoma residents and claiming they have pending charges against them. The recipient of the call is told to call an out-of-state telephone number and to ask for “Curtis” or another false employee name.
“The AG’s Public Protection Unit was alerted to this scam by some concerned citizens who received suspicious telephone calls,” Pruitt said. “They did the right thing by calling our office and helping to prevent others from being victimized by the scam.”
Below are helpful tips to avoid becoming a victim of a telephone scam:
- Try to verify the caller’s identity as well as the company they represent;
- Don’t provide personal or financial information unless you have initiated the call to a verified reputable person, business or government entity;
- Never send money through a wire transfer or other means unless you are sending to a close friend or family member;
- Don’t feel pressured to give information or send money quickly.
One of the best ways to fight these scams and prevent others from becoming victims is to report such calls to local authorities and the AG’s Office immediately.
“Most companies and agencies, including the AG’s Office, won’t call without prior contact,” Pruitt said. “Calls from the Attorney General’s Office would be from a local number and we don’t ask for money over the telephone. If you are in doubt, write down the telephone number and call our office.”
The Public Protection Unit protects vulnerable consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices and can provide conciliation services to help resolve complaints against businesses.
If you have received one of these calls or have a question about a possible scam, contact the AG’s Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029 or file a complaint online at www.oag.ok.gov.