Scam Artists Pose as A.G. Inspectors

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Attorney Gen. Jim Hood says coastal residents should beware of people who are asking hurricane victims for personal information while posing as inspectors for his office.

Three coastal offices in Mississippi are designed to assist in the case of fraud, scams, or other post-hurricane issues that impact consumers. None of the investigators working for the attorney general will go door to door seeking personal information.

The individuals posing as inspectors tend to ask for information that can include names, social security numbers and birthdays, all sensitive data that can be used against hurricane victims if it falls into the wrong hands.

The complaints are being investigated by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.

In the meantime, residents who encounter a suspicious situation are encouraged to report their concerns and any identifying features of the individuals involved to the attorney general's office.

Below is a list of phone numbers and addresses to various departments within the A.G.'s office:

General Information:

MS Attorney General's Office
Carroll Gartin Justice Building
450 High Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Telephone: 601-359-3680

Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 22947
Jackson, MS 39225-2947

Toll Free Telephone: 800-281-4418
Telephone: 601-359-4230
Facsimile: 601-359-4231

Remote Location: Jackson County
Telephone: 228-324-0114
Telephone: 228-324-0132

Remote Location: Harrison County
Telephone: 228-865-4185
Telephone: 228-865-1642

Remote Location: Hancock County
Telephone: 228-466-8266
Telephone: 228-466-8268

Crime Prevention & Victim Services Division:

P.O. Box 220
Jackson, MS 39205

Toll Free Hotline: 800-829-6766
Telephone Direct: 601-359-6766
Facsimile: 601-576-4445

Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau:

Insurance Fraud Unit
P.O. Box 2
Jackson, MS 39205-0002

Toll Free Hotline: 888-528-5780
Telephone Direct: 601-359-4250
Facsimile: 601-359-4254