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Attorney General Becerra: Beware Of Tobacco Scam Circulating On Internet

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a consumer alert to warn Californians about a tobacco scam circulating on the internet. The scam suggests individuals can sign up to receive payments under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. This is false, as individuals are not entitled to receive payments under the Agreement, which is between state governments and tobacco companies. All payments under the Settlement are made to state and local governments.

This scam tries to get consumers to buy a subscription to a monthly newsletter with information on how to invest in state or local bonds backed by settlement payments. Subscribers are charged approximately $5 for the first month and $100 per year. It is difficult to cancel once the individual provides credit card information.

“I urge Californians to be wary of this tobacco scam and to avoid sharing their personal information,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Scam artists are constantly looking for ways to take advantage of consumers. We’re taking every step possible to protect Californians.”

Consumers who wish to file a complaint about this scam should contact the Attorney General’s Office at https://oag.ca.gov/consumers

When he assumed office, Attorney General Becerra committed to protect consumers as a top priority. Since then, he has announced a $33 million multi-state settlement with Johnson and Johnson involving its marketing of over-the-counter medicines that failed to meet quality standards; a $586 million multi-state settlement with Western Union for wire fraud scams; and a $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target in response to allegations that more than 40 million customers' payment card information was compromised during the holiday season after the company failed to provide reasonable data security.

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