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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor are warning Ohioans to guard against scams related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare, with open enrollment for the new federally-run health insurance exchange in Ohio running through March 31, 2014. Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014 for those who select a plan by Dec. 15.
As families prepare for the new school year, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of financial scams, including phony grant offers. Dozens of Ohioans have reported losing hundreds of dollars to grant scams in the past year.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of phone scams involving utilities. Two Ohio consumers reported losing about $800 each after receiving a call from someone claiming to represent a utility company and demanding payment. Dozens of other consumers are reporting unsolicited calls about lowering their energy rates.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that consumers across the state are reporting losing money to rental property scams. The Attorney General’s Office has received more than a dozen reports of the scam since January, and consumers who fall for the scam report an average loss of about $1,000.
Following the recent storms, Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to watch for traveling contractors who may try to take advantage of homeowners in need of assistance.
Scammers are using counterfeit checks that appear to be from The Ohio State University Medical Center, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The checks are part of a mystery shopper scam, in which consumers receive a letter stating that they have been selected as a “customer service evaluator” and must evaluate their local money transfer service by wiring hundreds of dollars.
In order to receive fraudulent refunds, criminals are stealing legitimate Social Security numbers and names to fill out fake W-2 (wages) and Schedule C (business tax) forms
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