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Tax Filers: Beware of Scams and “Ghost” Tax Preparers

Ohioans filing their taxes should be on the lookout for potential scams, including “ghost” tax preparers. Read on to prevent yourself from becoming a tax scammer’s next victim.

2/11/2020

Ohioans Alerted to Fake Third-Party License Services

Consumers should be cautious when using the web to purchase a government-regulated permit, such as a dog or fishing license. Third-party websites are cleverly disguising themselves to look like official government agency websites, but they will take your money and provide nothing in return.

2/11/2020

Apple Customers be on Alert: iCloud and AppleCare Scam Calls Making Their Rounds

Apple customers may be vulnerable to imposter scams where con artists pose as Apple employees. Learn how to protect yourself with our consumer tips.

2/11/2020

Answer Only the Real Government Census, Not Scams

2020 is a census year! Once every ten years, the U.S. government conducts the census, but with so many scams out there, it’s vital to discern between the real census and imposter surveys designed to steal personal information. Read on for clues to help ensure the census you respond to this year is the real one.

2/11/2020

Phony Emails Request Purchases of Gift Cards for Boss or Pastor

Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams involve a con artist impersonating someone with decision-making authority by using a hacked or spoofed email account.

12/9/2019

Get a New Device? Beware of Activation Scams

With all the excitement of getting a new electronic gadget, some consumers don’t realize when they’re being tricked into paying fake activation fees by imposters posing as customer support agents.

12/9/2019

Frustrated with Unwanted Calls? AG Yost Continues to Aggressively Address Robocalls

It can be frustrating to answer the phone and hear an automated telemarketing message, especially when your phone number is on the national Do-Not-Call Registry.

12/9/2019

Ohio Attorney General Offers Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers

With the holiday season upon us, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost offers the following holiday consumer protection tips.

12/9/2019

Beware of Scams When Moving

When moving into a new apartment, condo or home, many Ohioans choose to hire a moving service. Read on to learn about common moving scams.

10/9/2019

Attorney General Yost Launches Tool to Help Ohio Consumers

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has launched an online tool to help Ohioans gauge the reputations of businesses and steer clear of those with problematic pasts.

10/9/2019

Attorneys General Secure $600 Million from Equifax in Largest Data Breach Settlement in U.S. History

With 147 million Americans’ information compromised in the Equifax data breach, learn what a recent agreement between the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and state attorneys general means for you.

10/9/2019

Attorney General Yost Warns of Genetic Testing Scams

Before you agree to genetic testing, understand how a recent scam is convincing older adults to hand out their personal information.

10/9/2019

Tips to Shop Smart During Black Friday Sales

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office offers consumer protection tips ahead of Thanksgiving weekend, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

10/9/2019

Scammers Take Advantage Of “Peer-to-Peer” Payment Methods

Peer-to-peer services give consumers the ability to transfer funds online or through an app directly from their bank account. Scammers are taking advantage of these payment services by accepting money for products such as popular event tickets and then failing to deliver the tickets.

7/30/2019

Financial Fraud and Exploitation Affecting Older Adults

With our aging population, it’s important for family members and friends to provide guidance, education and support to older adults who may be vulnerable to financial fraud and exploitation.

7/30/2019

Beware of Rental Scams When Apartment and House Hunting

As the summer season wraps up, some Ohioans will be looking for great places to rent. Before sending any money, make sure your new landlord isn’t a con artist. Learn how to detect a phony rental posting designed to steal your money.

7/30/2019

Consumer Protection Tips for Sales Tax Holiday, Back-to-School Shopping

As consumers prepare for Ohio’s sales tax holiday and the upcoming school year, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is offering back-to-school shopping consumer protection tips.

7/30/2019

Password Managers Can Help Keep Online Accounts Safe

A password manager stores your login and password information for all the websites you use and helps you log into those websites automatically.

6/12/2019

Searching for Jobs? Be Careful Sharing Your Personal Information

Searching for a job can be stressful. Scammers often advertise in the same places where legitimate job placement services advertise.

6/12/2019

Learn the Red Flags: Don’t Become a Money Mule

A money mule is someone who – often unwittingly – is recruited to launder money.

6/12/2019

Attorney General Yost Warns of Travel Scams

Consumers should beware of travel scams during spring and summer vacation months.

6/12/2019

Social Security Scams Hit Ohioans

If you’ve recently received a call from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration, you’re not alone. The current Social Security scam is a version of the impostor scam, which involves scammers representing themselves as government employees in order to access your personal and/or financial information.

4/1/2019

Extortion Emails Demand Payment From Consumers

Consumers throughout the country are receiving emails claiming that their computers have been hacked and that their online activity will be made public unless they pay money. What is so alarming to unsuspecting consumers is that scammers often provide an actual password previously used by the victim as “proof” that the account is hacked.  

4/1/2019

Attorney General Yost Honors Winners of High School Consumer Video Contest

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the winners of the 2018 Take Action Video Contest, which was open to Ohio high school students.

4/1/2019

Warm Weather Brings Out Home Improvement Scammers

With warm and stormy weather comes less-than-reputable home improvement contractors who go door to door seeking your business. They may tell you they have extra materials from a nearby job and can offer a special deal because they’re already in the neighborhood. Although a few of these stories may check out, others are ploys to take your money and do little or no work.

4/1/2019

Five Ways to Avoid Online Romance Scams

Valentine’s Day can be a time to seek out that special someone, and con artists know it. Fake online romance, or “sweetheart,” scams are prevalent, so it is important to avoid them and protect your hard-earned money.

2/13/2019

Be Prepared To File Taxes and Use Any Refund Wisely

As Ohioans enter the tax season, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office encourages consumers to file as early as possible and to use any refund wisely.

2/13/2019

Top Ten Complaints of 2018

The Attorney General’s Office works every day to protect Ohio families from unfair and deceptive business practices and scams. The office accepts and handles consumer complaints through an informal dispute-resolution process to assist consumers and businesses in reaching a mutual agreement to resolve issues. In 2018, the office received 22,877 complaints.

2/13/2019
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