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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Statewide Drug Take Back Day Scheduled for April 24

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Statewide Drug Take Back Day Scheduled for April 24

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the state’s more than 250 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

“Cleaning out medicine cabinets and turning the expired, unused medications over to law enforcement during a Drug Take Back event will save lives,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “It is important now more than ever that we continue to properly dispose of these prescription drugs.”

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office hosts Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year in partnership with Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, DEA, FBI, Office of the State Drug Director and over 100 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations and public health providers.

Event sites are held at various locations across the State but year-round locations are also available and can be found at ARTakeBack.org. The Attorney General’s office also hosts take back events at mobile offices around the State. Since the program began, more than 206 tons of medication have been collected in Arkansas, which is over 412,600 thousand pounds of individual pills.

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the state’s more than 250 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

“Cleaning out medicine cabinets and turning the expired, unused medications over to law enforcement during a Drug Take Back event will save lives,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “It is important now more than ever that we continue to properly dispose of these prescription drugs.”

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office hosts Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year in partnership with Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, DEA, FBI, Office of the State Drug Director and over 100 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations and public health providers.

Event sites are held at various locations across the State but year-round locations are also available and can be found at ARTakeBack.org. The Attorney General’s office also hosts take back events at mobile offices around the State. Since the program began, more than 206 tons of medication have been collected in Arkansas, which is over 412,600 thousand pounds of individual pills.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Arkansas Extends State Income Tax Filing Deadline

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Arkansas Extends State Income Tax Filing Deadline

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is issuing a notification to Arkansans that the deadline for filing state individual income tax has been extended until May 17, 2021 to coincide with the extended federal deadline.

“This year, the date might have changed, but the responsibility remains – tax time has arrived,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “We have dealt with tough situations, heartache, and a difficult year, but I want Arkansans to know their options when safely filing their taxes.”

Attorney General Rutledge has provided these tips for Arkansans still working on filing their federal and state taxes this year:

Governor Hutchinson issued a proclamation to announce that he had signed Executive Order 21-06, which grants the extension for filing an Arkansas tax return or payment until May 17, 2021. The proclamation can be viewed here.

For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or OAG@ArkansasAG.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

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Attorney General Alert: Utility COVID-19 Disconnection Moratorium Ending May 3, 2021

Attorney General Alert: Utility COVID-19 Disconnection Moratorium Ending May 3, 2021

Wed, Mar 31, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) announced on March 26, 2021 the COVID-19 disconnection moratorium for its regulated utility services is ending on May 3, 2021. Consumers with past due balances will now begin receiving disconnection notices to their mailing addresses from their utility companies providing at least a 35-day grace period before shut-off notices will be sent. This applies to customers of Entergy, OG&E, SWEPCO, Liberty Utilities, CenterPoint Energy, Black Hills, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas, and the Electric Cooperatives.

“We are over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and Arkansas is recovering in more ways than one,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “I want folks who are going back to work, but still struggling to pay their bills, to know they have options.”

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following information for consumers who receive a notice from the utility company.

  • It is important to take action immediately to seek assistance to avoid disconnection.
    • Verify what you owe directly with your utility company. Information, including what is owed, must be provided in writing to each customer with a past due balance.

For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or OAG@ArkansasAG.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

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Attorney General Alert: Scammers Are Threatening Professional License Holders and Demanding Payments

Attorney General Alert: Scammers Are Threatening Professional License Holders and Demanding Payments

Thu, Mar 18, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is issuing an alert to state licensing boards and professional license holders throughout the state. Scam callers are targeting Arkansans who hold a professional license and claiming their license is under investigation and at risk of being immediately suspended if they don’t make an immediate payment. The scammers have even transferred the license-holders by phone to divisions pretending to be law enforcement.

“If something doesn’t seem quite right, say something,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Arkansas’s professional licensing boards will never call their license holders and demand immediate payment by gift cards or threaten members.”

The scam callers have been posing as agents for the licensing office claiming the licensee is under an “investigation” and the license has been suspended. The license-holder’s caller ID may even display the legitimate licensing office’s phone number that has been spoofed by the scam callers. To further attempt to appear legitimate, the caller may pretend to be a law enforcement officer or transfer the call to another person posing as a law enforcement officer or federal agent. The scammer then offers to fix the problem or issue a temporary license by asking for personally identifiable information and payment, usually by purchasing gift cards, for a bond, such as $5,000.

If any consumer receives any of the scam calls described above, we request that they contact our office at: imposterreports@arkansasag.gov. An investigator will respond to request any additional information needed.

If you have any questions, contact the Attorney General’s Office at ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (800) 482-8982.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Scammers Use COVID-19 Misinformation to Target Hispanic Population

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Scammers Use COVID-19 Misinformation to Target Hispanic Population

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office has received recent reports of vaccine misinformation, fake COVID-19 testing and treatment targeting Arkansas’s Hispanic population. Scam artists will always take advantage of a tough situation and attempt to steal from hard-working Arkansans. The Arkansas Department of Health has provided a list of trusted vaccine clinics in each region of the state where Arkansans can receive their vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis if they qualify.

“I urge Arkansans to never give any personal information over the phone,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “If you believe a con artist is attempting to spread fake COVID-19 information, don’t hesitate to contact my office and let us do the fighting for you.”

Attorney General Rutledge has offered the following tips for consumers about fraudulent COVID-19 vaccines and treatments:

  • Do not pay exorbitant fees for COVID-19 vaccinations. Instead, visit the Arkansas Department of Health’s website to find locations of regional testing and clinics offering COVID-19 tests at no cost to consumers.
  • Be cautious of health providers who claim they can cure, prevent, or lessen the effects of COVID-19 while charging high fees for their false claims.
  • For questions about COVID-19, including where to find testing locations, call the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-803-7847.
  • Find accurate information about COVID-19, including information about how it spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, what to do if you are sick and frequently asked questions, on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at consumer@arkansasag.govor visit ArkansasAG.gov.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Don’t Get Snowed By Utility Bill Scams

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Don’t Get Snowed By Utility Bill Scams

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – After Arkansas’s historic snowfall has melted away and the temperatures return to more consistent weather, Arkansans are left to deal with pesky scam callers pretending to be utility providers. Scam artists will pose as utility companies and prey on unsuspecting Arkansans then ask for immediate payment over the phone. This scam causes far too many Arkansans to lose their hard-earned money.

“Arkansans should be skeptical of unsolicited calls where the person is demanding immediate payment by phone and claiming that a water, electric or gas bill is late,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I urge Arkansans to hang up and reach out to the utility company directly, using the number on their last bill or the company’s website to determine the status of their bill.”

Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to ensure payment is sent to the utility company safely, securely and timely:

  • Contact the utility company directly by calling the listed number and verifying the amount owed.
  • Drop off the payment at the utility office or an authorized payment location.
  • Pay online on the utility company’s website with a credit card or call the company directly.
  • Consider participating in an automated bank account draft system, if it is offered.
  • Mail the payment to the company directly.

The scammer may also request that the recipient purchase gift cards or prepaid debit cards to pay off the amount owed. The scammer will ask for the code on the purchased card, which gives them complete access to money on the card. In most cases, once the prepaid card money is depleted, it cannot be recovered. Remember, utilities will never require you to pay by gift card or prepaid debit card – only scammers do that.

Arkansans should notify the company if they have been contacted by one of these scammers. If Arkansans have paid money to the scammer, file a complaint with the Attorney General.

For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

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