RALEIGH — North Carolinians were inundated with robocalls in 2020, according to state Attorney General Josh Stein.
He said scammers are constantly trying to take people’s hard-earned money and is urging North Carolinians to report them on the state’s Department of Justice’s website.
The top scams of 2020 include robocalls, price gouging, utilities, credit, elder fraud, landlords, motor vehicles, home improvement, professional services and home appliances.
Stein created the Robocall Report Task Force in 2020 due to the increase of robocall scams.
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According to the attorney general’s office, it reached a $210 settlement with Dish Network for engaging in illegal nationwide telemarketing that violated do-not-call laws. North Carolinians will receive $13,986,000.
The NCDOJ received 31,019 consumer complaints, filed 11 consumer protection lawsuits, won 23 judgments and settlements with nearly $65 million in restitution and recoveries and won back close to $1 million for consumers through the informal complaint mediation process, according to the NCDOJ.
In June, the AG sued Texas robocallers that allegedly made more than 75 million robocalls to North Carolina phone users, including more than 34 million calls to numbers on the national Do Not Call Registry.
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