Georgia Magazine - January 2023 - 8

GEORGIA News
Compiled by Jennifer J. Hewett
Protect yourself from scams
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n August, the Georgia Attorney General's Office, in
partnership with the FBI and the Georgia Cyber Fraud Task
Division, secured the conviction of a Gwinnett County
man for stealing more than $230,000 from two senior citizens
through online scams. Millions of Americans fall victim to
scams every year, according to the FBI.
Some common types of scams are romance scams, onlineshopping
scams and investment scams. These scams can be
conducted via phone calls, emails, text messages and even
door-to-door pitches.
One of the best ways to prevent being a scam victim is to
be aware of the red flags. Scammers commonly ask for upfront
payments to receive prizes, for example. Legitimate sweepstakes
never ask for money first. Scammers often claim to be
government officials or other authority figures in order to
coerce people into providing personal information, such as
Social Security numbers or credit card numbers.
" Older adults, especially those who speak English as a
second language, can be particularly vulnerable to scams and
deceptive practices, " said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr,
who has made it a priority to combat consumer fraud.
To help keep older adults from falling prey to scams,
Carr created the Georgia Consumer Protection Guide. The
guide is available in English, Spanish and Korean and can be
downloaded at bit.ly/gacpgolder.
" We must do all we can to protect the most vulnerable
among us, especially with con artists constantly inventing new
ways to perpetrate their crimes, " Carr said. " Our Consumer
Protection Division offers a number of resources to help older
A common scam involves a perpetrator instructing a potential victim
to go immediately to a retail store and buy gift cards in order to make
a " payment " of some kind. This type of request is one of the red flags
of a scam.
adults recognize and avoid scams, and we stand ready to assist
those who may fall victim to this type of fraud. "
For more information about how to spot and prevent a
scam, visit consumer.georgia.gov.
If you suspect that you have been a victim of a scam or
fraud, contact the Georgia Consumer Protection Division at
(404) 651-8600, file a complaint online at bit.ly/gafcomp or
contact your local FBI field office at bit.ly/fbifield.
-Victoria Chan
Students required to choose career path
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For more information about how a Georgia technical and
career-focused academy is preparing high school students to be
workforce-ready, turn to page 20.
8 Georgia Magazine January 2023
ollowing a national trend, Georgia is requiring every
ninth grader to pick a career path and follow a class
schedule that's at least partially tailored to it.
Georgia's Career Clusters allow students to choose an area
of interest in high school. Students take classes tailored to their
career cluster, which includes multiple career paths and helps
students navigate to great success after high school graduation.
The purpose of the program is to show students the
importance of what they're learning in the classroom, whether
they want to attend a two-year college, a four-year university, a
technical school or go straight into the workforce. The program
helps them identify which clusters/pathways are offered at their
high school and see which classes they could be taking.
-Laura Berrios
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