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Wed July 29, 2009
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Scam Artists Target State Residents

Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's Attorney General's office is warning consumers to beware of scam artists claiming to have free government stimulus money for them.

The latest round of scams have been reported in the south east Alabama city of Dothan with some residents being told that they could receive a free -1- THOUSAND dollar food voucher, but to receive it, the person must pay $3.95 cents by credit card or debit card.

The scam artist then steals the person's identity and credit card information.

Officials with the Attorney General's Office cautions residents to keep credit and debit card information confidential unless a person is certain of whom he or she is sharing that information.

The Attorney General's Office is also warns that government agencies do not ask fro processing fees for an item that is free.

Anyone seeking more information my contact the Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-392-5658.