Vermont has launched a statewide alert system to warn residents of financial scams.
The system is an expansion of the VT-Alert system. It will allow authorities to send emails, texts or prerecorded telephone messages when a new financial scam emerges. Attorney General T.J. Donovan tells the Times Argus that scams are the number one complaint his office receives. He says telephone, internet, mail and door-to-door scams affect thousands of Vermonters each year, amounting to a losses of "hundreds of thousands of dollars." He says his office will send alerts to Vermonters who sign up for VT Scam Alert. To do so, call 1-800-649-2424 or visit www.consumer.vermont. gov. Vermonters who already received notifications from VT-Alert can add the scam alerts at www.vtalert.gov. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.