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Learn about Attorney General Outreach and Training Resource

With more than 30 different sections, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office serves Ohio citizens in many ways, including a variety of outreach services and training resources that are free to the public. Among the available trainings and services are programs for consumers, charities, crime victims, and small businesses. 


Know Your Consumer Rights — Warranties and Service Contracts

Are you planning to purchase a new appliance or hire a home contractor? Before making these costly investments, protect yourself by learning more about your consumer rights when it comes to warranties and service contracts. 


Beware of “Malvertising” Scams When Surfing Online

Savvy consumers may be familiar with “malware,” which is short for malicious software. They also may know never to click on unfamiliar or suspicious links, attachments, or pop-up windows to avoid malware. However, today’s technology presents us with a danger that is not so easy to recognize or avoid: “malvertising,” or malicious advertising.


Scholarship Contest Now Accepting Entries!

The Ohio Attorney General’s eighth-annual Take Action Video Contest gives Ohio high school students the opportunity to learn about consumer protection while creating a short video for the chance to win college scholarships.


Scammers’ Favorite Payment Methods

Fraud can be difficult to detect, but recognizing payment methods used regularly in scams can help consumers spot one sign of a potential problem.


Know Your Consumer Rights – Repairs and Services

If you own a home or motor vehicle, you likely have paid for repairs or services in the past, or you may be planning to pay for repairs or services in the future. To make the most of your money, understand your rights as a consumer. 


Beware of Computer Repair Scams

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to catch up on the latest computer repair and tech support scams that can trap consumers into revealing personal information or paying for phony assistance with their digital devices.


Ohio Consumers Gain New Law to Help Prevent Child ID Theft

Ohio families soon will have a new way to protect their children’s identities. 


Know Your Consumer Rights – Advertisements

Have you ever watched, read, or heard an advertisement and thought to yourself, “There’s got to be a catch,” or “This simply seems too good to be true”? 


Five Signs of a Health Insurance Scam

Con artists know how complicated health insurance can be and are eager to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. 


Beware: Searching for 'Local' Locksmiths May Lead to Faraway Call Centers

When consumers search for a locksmith, it is often when they need help in a crisis, such as being locked out of their own home or car. 


‘Ohio Protects’ Multi-Media Outreach Initiative Begins

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the launch of a new multi-media outreach initiative to increase Ohioans’ awareness of scams, fraud, and identity theft and how they can protect themselves.


Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying a car is a major purchase. 


Don’t Let Scams Take the Fun out of Social Media

Have you ever been contacted by a “friend” on social media who has a great offer for you or who tells you that you’ve unexpectedly won money? 


Helping Small Businesses to Avoid Becoming Targets

Imagine investing thousands of dollars into your own small business and then being targeted by scammers. 


Know Your Consumer Rights

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week (March 6-12, 2016), the Ohio Attorney General’s Office wants to remind you about some of your rights as a consumer. 


A Taxing Problem: Tax Identity Theft

When most people think of identity theft, they likely think of opening fraudulent accounts, making unauthorized credit card charges, or taking money out of a bank account without permission. 


Hung up with Unwanted Telephone Calls? Read on…

Placing a landline or cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry can help reduce telemarketing calls, but it may not stop all unwanted calls. Here are some reasons why.


AG Settlement with MoneyGram Includes Money for Scam Victims

In early February, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Ohio was part of a $13 million settlement with MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. over concerns that consumers used MoneyGram to make payments that were induced by fraud.


Keep your guard up when fulfilling New Year’s resolutions

The beginning of a new year is the traditional time for people to work toward a healthier lifestyle. 


New mobile device? Here are two ways to protect your identity

Did you receive a new mobile device such as a laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone for the holidays? 


Think twice before using others’ images online

The Internet has made communication faster and easier. 


Annual credit reports are vital way to catch ID theft and errors

If you are concerned about identity theft or want to understand the information that creditors access when you apply for a mortgage, apartment, credit card, car loan, or any other type of credit, check your credit report. 


When to Use or Refuse Free, Public Wi-Fi

Free, public Wi-Fi can be an easy way to connect online while on the go


Pension Advances Might Come with High Risk

The sales pitch may be tempting: trade some or all of your future pension in exchange for a lump sum of cash. 


Verizon and Sprint Customers May be Eligible for Refunds Under Cramming Settlements

Sprint and Verizon customers who experienced unauthorized third-party charges on their cell phone bills (a practice known as “mobile cramming”) have until Dec. 31, 2015, to seek refunds under national settlements Attorney General DeWine announced earlier this year.


Scam Alert: Beware When Using Mobile Payment Apps

Imagine having tickets for an upcoming concert or sporting event, but realizing at the last minute you aren’t able to go. After trying unsuccessfully to sell to someone you know, you post the tickets for sale online. 


What to Know About Debt Collection Calls

When dealing with a debt collector, it is important to understand your rights and to distinguish between a legitimate debt collector, a debt collector who fails to comply with the law, and a likely scam artist. 

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