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1/17/2014
Ohioans Report Losing Money to Debt Collection Scams
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to beware of phony calls claiming consumers owe money. The office received more than 2,400 collections complaints in 2013, and hundreds of those complaints involved potential scams.

1/13/2014
Attorney General DeWine Warns of Tax Scams
In recognition of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 13-17, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to protect their personal information and watch for scams.

12/20/2013
Attorney General DeWine Warns of Scams Targeting Sales Consultants

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned independent sales consultants and at-home sellers to beware of scam artists posing as hearing-impaired customers in a twist to the counterfeit check scam.

11/12/2013
Attorney General DeWine Urges Caution for Responding to Typhoon Relief Requests

Following the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging Ohioans to be cautious when responding to requests for donations to help those in harm’s way.

11/8/2013
Attorney General DeWine Warns of Veterans’ Charity Scams
As Ohioans prepare to honor service members on Veterans Day, Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning donors to beware of veterans’ charity scams and those who make false promises to help veterans.

10/18/2013
Ohioans Losing Money to Sweetheart Scams, Attorney General DeWine Warns

With Sweetest Day on Saturday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans about the high cost of sweetheart scams, where a con artist develops a relationship with a victim, usually online, before asking the victim to send money.

10/11/2013
Restaurants Targeted by Utility Scams, Attorney General DeWine Warns
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that Ohio restaurants have been targeted by utility scams, where callers threaten to shut off the restaurant’s power unless it provides immediate payment.

10/4/2013
Consumers Should Watch for Scams Related to Affordable Care Act

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.

8/16/2013
As School Begins, Attorney General DeWine Warns of Financial Scams
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.

7/26/2013
Attorney General DeWine Warns of Utility Scams
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.

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