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04/2005

Terry Goddard Settles with Telemarketers

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 1, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a settlement with a Phoenix telemarketing operation that includes refunds to consumers and a $100,000 civil penalty. The telemarketers claimed to sell low-interest credit cards, but in fact were selling a list of banks that provided credit cards. The cards were available to only those consumers who met a particular bank’s qualifications.

Terry Goddard Reminds Consumers of Cell Phone Policy on 'Do Not Call' Registry

(Phoenix, AZ) Attorney General Terry Goddard today advised Arizona consumers not to worry if they receive an email warning them that telemarketers will soon be calling their cell phones.

Consumers have started to receive emails that read something like this:

JUST A REMINDER...In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS... To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888.382.1222 or register your phone number on line with the FTC.

Two Arizona Stores Involved in DSW Shoe Warehouse Data Theft

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 19, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that consumers who shopped at two Phoenix area DSW Shoe Warehouse stores between November 2004 and February 2005 may be victims of identity theft.  DSW Shoe Warehouse revealed the results from its fraud investigation results yesterday.  The company originally announced a much smaller data theft last month.

The two Arizona stores affected are located at 3411 W. Frye Road in Chandler and 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard in Phoenix.

Advances in Fight Against Methamphetamine Lauded by Terry Goddard

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 18, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today commended approval in the House of Representatives of a comprehensive bill that attacks methamphetamine use and production in Arizona.

The meth bill would require decongestant tablets containing pseudoephedrine to be sold behind pharmacy counters. It also would require buyers to show an ID and sign a log, impose smaller limits on the amount that can be purchased and stiffen criminal penalties for meth use and production. 

Terry Goddard Applauds Drug Decision by Target Corp.

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 18, 2005) Attorney General Terry Goddard today praised the move by Target Corp. to restrict access to decongestants containing pseudoephedrine -the key ingredient used to make methamphetamine. 

Target, the nation's second-largest discount retailer, announced today it would require over-the-counter drugs containing pseudoephedrine to be sold behind pharmacy counters in its stores nationwide. In Target stores without pharmacies, the drugs won't be sold at all. The company said its new policy will take effect in two to three months.  

Attorney General Terry Goddard Kicks Off CUT IT OUT, a New Domestic Violence Awareness Program

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 15, 2005)  Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology have formed a new partnership to combat domestic violence.  The CUT IT OUT program will be unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday - April 20 at 9 a.m.  The press conference will be held at Rolf’s Salon, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road in the Shops at Gainey Village in Scottsdale.

Terry Goddard Marks End of National Victims’ Rights Week

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 14, 2005)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will travel to Tucson Friday to mark the end of Victims’ Rights Week commemorating this year’s theme: “Justice isn’t served until Crime Victims are,” and honor staff members from the Tucson Attorney General’s Office who have significantly contributed to victims’ rights and interests.

Personal data of 6,215 Arizonans Stolen in LexisNexis Security Breach

(Phoenix, Ariz. - April 13, 2005) More than 6,000 Arizona residents are among the 310,000 people nationally whose personal data files were stolen from information broker LexisNexis, Attorney General Terry Goddard said today. 

LexisNexis reported in March that 32,000 personal files had been breached. On Tuesday, the company said the number is now believed to be almost 10 times higher. The number of Arizonans whose Social Security numbers, driver's license information and addresses were fraudulently acquired was put at 6,215.  

Terry Goddard Urges Congress to Reconsider Crime Victims Funding Cuts

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 12, 2005)  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard today expressed his concerns about a proposed budget cut of more than $1.2 billion from the Federal Crime Victims Fund used to provide direct assistance to victims of violent crimes. Goddard joined the Attorneys General from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Terry Goddard to Present Distinguished Service Awards to Victims’ Rights Advocates

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 8, 2005 [revised May 3, 2005])  Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will present Monday the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Awards to victims’ rights advocates at the Victims’ Rights Week Kick-Off Event held on the State Senate Lawn.

These awards will be presented in recognition of uncommon commitment, exemplary service, and contribution to and protecting victims' rights to justice and due process, and to improving the treatment of crime victims.

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