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Attorney General Warns Of Texting, Ad Scams

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is warning people of some new scams. One scam involves texting.

The scammers claim there is a problem with the consumer's credit or debit card and attempt to gain sensitive personal information.

Sorrell's office is reminding consumers to be wary of text messages and calls they did not initiate. And consumers should never give out personal information to an unverified source.

A second scam is targeting businesses.

The state has received multiple recent reports of a scam company that hires sales people to sell ads to area businesses based on the fraudulent claim that the ad cost will support the local school's drug prevention program or other programs.

The attorney general's office says the school has not authorized this ad, the sales person may not be paid, and the profits from the ad sales go right to the scammers.