Your report helps us track scam trends and informs the issuing of state-wide alerts. If you experienced monetary loss or provided the scammer with sensitive personal information, our office can offer support. Use the form above to report the scam.
Scams and fraud cost Vermonters hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Scammers use every tool available to steal money and information from consumers. Since most scams originate overseas and use sophisticated technology, we can’t stop them with traditional law enforcement means alone.
To stop the scams, we need to work together to protect Vermonters from losses to scams and fraud. Be a VT Fraud Fighter. Learn about scams and share information with your community to help stop scams. Here’s how:
Knowledge is power. Sign up to receive instant alerts by text, voice or e-mail message from the Attorney General about new scams as they hit Vermont. Find information on common scams on this website, our Facebook page, or the FTC Scam Alerts site. Stay informed to protect yourself and others!
Share what you know with others so they can protect themselves from loss. Whether it’s around the dinner table, out with friends, visiting with relatives or chatting with co-workers, make sure those around you stay informed and aware!
Watch videos to learn about imposter scams and prevention strategies to avoid scams. The video project was produced using funds obtained through the Sears Consumer Protection and Education Fund. Scripts and resources were developed in-house at the Consumer Assistance Program, calling on personal accounts of courageous Vermonters, who were willing to share their stories with one goal in mind: to help prevent scams from happening to others. A supplemental tool kit with handouts was also produced. Watch the videos and share the resources widely.
If you or someone you know are being targeted by scammers, there are a few simple steps you can take:
Slow down and follow a plan to not get scammed. Practice the slow method in all consumer transactions and especially during urgent interactions. Offer to be a person’s primary contact to discuss potential scams.
S – SLOW DOWN.
Scammers pressure you to act urgently. Take time to regain your calm.
L – LOG THE CONTACT.
Write down the phone number of the contact and disengage.
O – ONE CALL.
Make one call to a primary contact, such as a friend or family member, and discuss the incident.
W – WHO CARES?
Call an organization in your life who cares. CAP can help you to identify and report scams at 1-800-649-2424.
Get recovery steps and information.