Vt. attorney general’s office warns of imposter scams

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:51 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont attorney general’s office is warning about an increase in imposter scams due to more people working from home.

Officials say they have already received 146 reports of scams this year, and they expect to exceed last year’s 283 reports.

They say the top four scams right now are; the grandparent scam, where scammers claim to be a grandchild in distress asking for money; The romance scam, where people lie about relationships online and ask for money; the puppy sale scam, where scammers post photos of pets they claim are for sale; and the government scam, where scammers make threats posing as a member of law enforcement.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says if you think it’s suspicious, don’t fall for it.

“People should just use their common sense. Slow down, talk to a friend, talk to a family member. And the most important thing is that’s it’s OK to hang up the phone. It’s OK to hang up the phone, you’re not being rude. These people are trying to scam you,” said Donovan, D-Vermont.

Donovan says Vermonters lost approximately $1.5 million in 2020.

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