AG Chris Carr warns that “consumers should be very wary of unsolicited text messages, emails and phone calls.”
ATLANTA — Georgia’s attorney general issued a warning over so-called imposter scams on Thursday, cautioning people against phone calls and text messages promising things such as sweepstakes winnings and AirPods prizes.
AG Chris Carr said in a release that his office has been receiving reports of at least three different types of scams, and said “consumers should be very wary of unsolicited text messages, emails and phone calls.”
One of the scams involves a fake order confirmation, with people receiving phone calls claiming to be from a big retailer such as Walmart, Costco or Target saying they’ve recently made a purchase “for a big-ticket item totaling several thousand dollars.”
The AG describes people being told they’re to expect a shipping confirmation and then an automatic charge to their credit card on file. The message asks them to call a phone number if they did not make any such transaction or wish to question or report it.