** Consumer Advisory ** Terry Goddard Warns Residents of a New Twist on Identity Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 29, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned Arizona residents to be wary of callers threatening people with arrest for missing jury duty unless they provide specific personal information. This is a new twist on identity theft, and residents should be very careful about giving any personal information to strangers.

This is a scam.  The scheme works this way: 

** Consumer Advisory ** Terry Goddard Warns Consumers About Monsoon Repair Scams

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 27, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans to be wary of unsolicited contractors coming to your door and offering help with repairs or clean-up related to monsoon storms.

“This is a seasonal event,” Goddard said.  “The summer monsoons are soon followed by scam artists who try to take advantage of homeowners coping with damage to their homes and property.”

Terry Goddard Warns of Discontinued 1-800 Number

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 18, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers about using a disconnected, Attorney General toll-free telephone number. The Attorney General’s Office has received reports that callers dialing an old toll-free number for the Office’s Victim-Witness Services Program are being referred to a fee-based national directory assistance number.

$10,000 Reward Offered for Warren Jeffs' Arrest

(Phoenix, Ariz. - July 13, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced an unprecedented reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Warren Jeffs.  Jeffs was indicted in June on one count of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.  Both are class 6 felonies, and if convicted, Jeffs’ could face anywhere from four months to two years in prison. He is the leader of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamist sect based in Colorado City. 

** Consumer Advisory ** Vehicle Sublease Schemes Target Car Owners and Lessees

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 08, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning consumers to be wary of rescue schemes that promise vehicle owners a means of removing themselves from loan or lease payments without dealership or lender penalties.  These schemes do not work, and in the end, car owners and lessees are often left with damaged credit and significant financial harm.   

The scheme works like this:  A company will solicit vehicle owners who are looking to get out of their monthly loan or lease payments and make some of the following promises: 

Terry Goddard Launches Consumer Alert Email System

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 5, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today launched a new Consumer Alert notification system that will enable consumers to be updated on efforts to prevent fraud.

“This is one more tool we will use at the Attorney General’s Office to educate consumers on the latest scams preying on our communities,” Goddard said.  “The more consumers are aware of potential scams, the better they can protect themselves from becoming victims.”

Terry Goddard and Mark Shurtleff Request Applicants to Serve As New Trustees for United Effort Plan Trust

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 1, 2005)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff issued an official notification for all residents in Colorado City/Hildale area who live or work on property held by the United Effort Plan Trust that may be eligible to serve as a trustee or to propose others to serve as trustees.  

The Utah Court issued an order on June 22 finding that there was enough evidence to remove the current UEP trustees and suspend activities of the trust until new trustees are appointed.