For Immediate Release
November 22, 2022
Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications
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Zachary Frish, Attorney-Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
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Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella warns New Hampshire residents about recent reports of fraudulent websites posing as legitimate Granite State small businesses offering their products online.
The scammers who establish these fraudulent websites may also establish fraudulent email addresses associated with the websites and use those fraudulent email addresses to "verify" the small business through independent organizations used to establish marketplace trust, such as the Better Business Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, and Show Me Local. In New Hampshire, these scams have been identified in the firearms industry and heavy equipment sales industry.
The fraudulent websites will typically advertise products for sale at deeply discounted prices compared to the marketplace and provide an option to contact the company's sales department to make a purchase. The scammers often insist the consumer pay for the products using a bank wire transfer. Victims of the scam are at high risk of losing their money, as scammers are often located overseas.
Attorney General Formella offers the following advice to avoid falling victim to these scams:
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to this scam, report it to your local police department and the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General's Office. You can file a complaint at: https://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer/complaints/index.htm or by calling the Consumer Hotline at (603) 271-3641.
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