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How to handle scam text messages

Scammers are increasingly using text messages to imitate legitimate businesses to steal your personal and financial information. Learn how to spot signs of a scam text. 

10/12/2022

Seven simple steps to be more secure in cyberspace

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Follow these seven steps to enhance your security when using online devices.

10/12/2022

Parents and kids: Tips for safer social media and gaming

In this second Cybersecurity Awareness Month article, parents and their children can learn how to protect themselves while gaming and when using social media.

10/12/2022

Attorney General Yost announces settlement with JUUL

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and 32 other attorneys general announced a proposed $438.5 million settlement with JUUL Labs stemming from a two-year multistate investigation into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s misguided marketing and sales practices.

10/12/2022

Two simple actions can help ward off identity theft

Consumers can protect themselves against identity theft by taking two simple steps: freezing your credit with the three major credit bureaus and establishing an Identity Protection PIN with the Internal Revenue Service.
 

8/3/2022

College students: Beware of rental scams when hunting for place to live

Also coinciding with back-to-school season, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is cautioning students and their parents about apartment and home rental scams.
 

8/3/2022

Consumer tips for sales-tax holiday, back-to-school shopping

As a new school year approaches, you can save some money by taking advantage of Ohio’s sales-tax holiday, which runs from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7.
 

8/3/2022

AG Yost continues relentless pursuit of robocallers

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Robocall Enforcement Unit took legal action against the perpetrators of a scheme responsible for bombarding U.S. consumers with billions of illegal robocalls. Read more about this recent lawsuit and other actions taken to protect consumers throughout the Buckeye State.
 

8/3/2022

Beware of Cryptocurrency Scams

Learn more about cryptocurrency and how to avoid being scammed when using it as a payment method.

6/8/2022

Consumer Protection Presentations and Videos Available to the Public

The Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section offers free presentations – in person or online – on topics ranging from cybersecurity to consumer scams.

6/8/2022

Nobody Is Immune: All Generations Susceptible to Scams

Although older adults are most vulnerable to scams, the Gen-Z population and other younger generations are not immune. Read on to find out how scams are snaring younger consumers in increasing numbers.

6/8/2022

Beware of Scam Artists During County and State Fair Season

Fairs are meant for fun, but keep your guard up for potential scams and fraud when visiting sales booths at upcoming state, county and independent fairs.

6/8/2022

Social Media Scams Widespread Throughout Ohio and Nation

While many consumers have a presence on social media, some may not realize how widespread scams are on those sites. Read about these scams and how to prevent falling for them.

4/13/2022

Watch Out for Home Improvement Scams

With temperatures rising, you may be starting new home improvement projects. In order to avoid being scammed, be sure to research any companies or contractors you plan to use prior to starting. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

4/13/2022

Learn About Ohio’s Consumer Protection Laws

Did you know that Ohio has more than 25 consumer protection laws? This article explores various laws that you may not even know exist in our state that are designed to protect you.

4/13/2022

Attorney General Yost Warns of Travel Scams

Speaking of warmer weather, vacations peak in the spring and summer months too! Consumers should beware of travel scams when planning their next vacation. The best way to avoid scams is to start planning early.

4/13/2022

Consumer Conferences

Please consider attending one of these upcoming conferences on elder financial exploitation in facility settings, or fraud investigations and prevention. Read on to learn more. 

2/9/2022

Business Impersonation Scams Are on the Rise

Speaking of scams, some bad actors send out legitimate-looking emails and text messages that purport to be from popular companies. Learn how to spot the red flags to avoid falling victim to one of these all-too-common business impersonation scams.

2/9/2022

Beware of Romance Scams This Valentine’s Day

Love may abound, but scammers do, too! Don’t get your heart broken by a fake love interest. Learn about the red flags of romance scams – also known as “sweetheart” scams – that infiltrate dating websites/apps, chat rooms and online message boards.

2/9/2022

Most Common Complaints of 2021

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 20,500 consumer complaints in 2021. Find out what areas drew the most complaints, how the Consumer Protection Section handles the informal dispute-resolution process and what other free services are available.

2/9/2022

How to Take Back Control of Your Data

Data Privacy Week was observed last month, but it’s always the right time to remember the importance of keeping personal information private. Read on for important privacy tips and data from the National Cybersecurity Alliance.

2/9/2022

Ohio Attorney General Offers Online Shopping Tips for Consumers

It’s the holiday season – and, to help keep it merry and bright, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is sharing some tips for identifying shopping scams.

12/8/2021

Be a Wise Donor This Holiday Season

At a time when the weather outside can turn frightful, donations are delightful. Many charities draw a substantial portion of their contributions from year-end donations. Read on to learn how to be a wise donor this holiday season and to avoid potential charity scams.

12/8/2021

Gift Cards: To Give or Not to Give

Gift cards are popular presents during the year-end holidays, especially for last-minute shoppers. Here is some consumer protection advice involving gift cards, including security tips to help you prevent a scammer or thief from receiving your holiday present.

12/8/2021

Package Delivery Scams May Contain Malware

Amid the seasonal hustle and bustle, Ohioans should be on the lookout for package delivery scams, which typically rise at this time of year. Discover how to identify these scams and to avoid malware embedded in such scam emails and texts.

12/8/2021

Be on the Alert: Advanced-Fee Loan Scams

Consumers throughout Ohio are reporting losing money to advanced-fee loan scams. In some cases, they send hundreds of dollars out of the country for loans that, in truth, are nonexistent. 

10/13/2021

Warning: “Free Trial” Offers May Be Costly

These days, many types of products can be purchased through supposed “free trial” offers. Often, these offers come with terms including automatic renewals, which can result in significant costs to unsuspecting consumers.

10/13/2021

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Learn the Red Flags of a Phishing Scam

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a perfect time to review the warning signs that a con artist is trying to get you to divulge personal information.

10/13/2021
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