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8/22/2014
Attorney General DeWine’s Economic Crimes Unit Assists in Romance Scheme Case; Maryland Man Indicted
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that work by his Economic Crimes Unit, a division of the Consumer Protection Section, helped lead to the indictment of a Maryland man on charges related to a scheme to defraud elderly individuals of more than $1.1 million.

8/15/2014
Attorney General DeWine Sends Fraud Education Toolkits to Ohio Libraries
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office has sent Senior Advocate Fraud Education (SAFE) Toolkits to more than 700 Ohio libraries. The project is funded through a grant obtained by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section.

8/8/2014
Officials Warn of Government Imposter Scams
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters today warned that scam artists are posing as government and law enforcement officials demanding that consumers pay money immediately. In Hamilton County, a consumer recently reported that her debit card was charged nearly $400 in the scam.

8/1/2014
Ohioans Report Rash of “Spoofed” Phone Calls
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that since last week, more than 30 consumers across Ohio have reported receiving “spoofed” phone calls, or calls that appear to come from the consumer’s own phone number or from a number very similar to their own.

6/24/2014
Attorney General DeWine Warns of Storm-Chasing Contractors Following Severe Weather

Following the storms that affected parts of the state yesterday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is reminding consumers to research any contractors who offer to repair their homes.

6/12/2014
Consumers Losing Money to Online Puppy Scams
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to be skeptical of too-good-to-be-true offers for puppies or other pets for sale online.

6/2/2014
Ohioans Targeted by Tax Scams
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that Ohioans are being targeted by tax scams, even though tax season has ended.

2/14/2014
Sweetheart Scam Complaints on the Rise
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that more consumers are reporting “sweetheart” or “romance” scams — costly ploys where con artists develop relationships with their victims, usually online, to convince them to send money.

1/28/2014
Attorney General DeWine Warns of Computer Scams on Data Privacy Day
In recognition of Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28, Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to beware of computer repair scams that trick consumers into providing personal information or payment.

1/24/2014
Ohioans Targeted by Utility Bill Email Scam
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to beware of unexpected email messages that appear to be utility bills.

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