State Government Press Releases

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02/11/2016
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced a settlement with Dallas-based MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. (MoneyGram) resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used MoneyGram's wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes...
12/01/2015
There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and now "Giving Tuesday." A global day dedicated to giving back to the community, Giving Tuesday encourages people to volunteer or make a monetary donation to their favorite charity. Before opening up their wallets, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is...
11/24/2015
Whether you're out braving the Black Friday crowds or shopping online from the comfort of your couch on Cyber Monday, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is reminding shoppers of important tips to help keep consumers merry and their finances bright this holiday season. "During this season...
10/29/2015
After receiving more than 50 calls today from consumers reporting that they had been contacted by the IRS, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is reminding consumers that it is a scam, and he is providing tips to help people avoid falling victim to what has become one of the most persistent scams...
10/21/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is alerting consumers of an aggressive scam believed to be targeting elderly residents of Rhode Island involving fraudulent sweepstakes in which the senior is sent a fraudulent check to offset "processing fees" associated with the sweepstakes. An elderly...
10/01/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Jason Williams (age 43) pleaded nolo contendere on Tuesday before Superior Court Justice Kristin E. Rodgers to multiple counts of breaking and entering throughout several towns in Rhode Island. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the defendant...
06/19/2015
Although Tax Season is over, scam artists are still ramping up efforts to defraud taxpayers. With an influx of complaints from local consumers including several employees of the Office of Attorney General Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is cautioning Rhode Islanders to be wary of calls...
06/01/2015
With the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcing that criminals used stolen data to access tax return information on more than 100,000 accounts, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is warning Rhode Islanders to be vigilant in monitoring for suspicious activity. Reports have surfaced that...
05/08/2015
Thanks to a heads-up from a savvy consumer who recognized it as a scam, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is warning Rhode Islanders about a resurgence of the "tech support scam." In this recent twist on a persistent scam, consumers have been receiving unsolicited phone calls from individuals...
03/04/2015
With tax season in full swing, the "IRS Scam" seems to once again be targeting Rhode Islanders. "In the past two days our Consumer Protection Unit has received more than a dozen calls alerting us that the scam artists are back," said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. According to alert consumers...