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Watch Out for Energy Scams and Learn Where to Get Assistance

Ohioans should be on the alert for scammers posing as utility company representatives, and threatening to discontinue service to the customer unless the consumer provides personal information or immediate payment for utility service. Read on to learn more about these utility scams as well as where to turn if you need payment assistance.

10/14/2020

Consumers Bombarded with Credit Card Interest Rate Phone Calls

Whether they want them or not, many consumers are receiving robocalls telling them they are eligible for a lower interest rate on their credit card. Most likely, these calls are more than annoying – they’re also part of a scam. Read about these calls and what to do if you are really interested in a lower rate.

10/14/2020

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Online Tips for Parents

With the global pandemic, many parents and their children are turning more often to online resources using devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptop computers. Read on to apply cybersmart tips to help keep you and your children safe while online.

10/14/2020

Tips to Shop Smart During Black Friday Sales

Time will fly by, and before you know it, Ohioans will start their holiday shopping. As like many things this year, in-person shopping on Black Friday may be different than usual. Whether online or in-person, consumers should understand their rights to shop smart this holiday season.

10/14/2020

CyberSmarts for Older Adults

More often, older adults are using devices such as smartphones and tablets to connect to the internet. Especially in light of COVID-19, they have found themselves using the internet for tasks they might have otherwise completed in person, from ordering groceries to coordinating home deliveries. Read on to apply cybersmart tips from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

8/12/2020

AG Yost Continues to Hold Nuisance Robocallers Accountable

With the goal of making Ohio the toughest state for illegal robocallers to operate in, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has continued to fight the growing nuisance with enforcement action that seeks to hold perpetrators accountable.

8/12/2020

COVID-19 General Purchasing Questions

As consumers get used to the gradual reopening of the economy and rescheduling of events that have been postponed or canceled, it’s a good time to review policies and procedures for COVID-19 related openings and closings, ticketed events, deposits for venues and gift cards.

8/12/2020

A COVID Twist to Common Scams

Don’t let fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 make you fall victim to a scam. Thieves are on the prowl with scams relating to contact tracers, economic impact payments and used cars.

8/12/2020

Is That Debt Collection Call Legitimate or Phony?

Debt collectors make a living by getting consumers to pay up. Naturally, this occupation is a popular disguise for scammers who want you to pay them instead.

6/10/2020

Watch Out for Home Improvement Scammers

As outside temperatures heat up, Ohioans will no doubt be faced with decisions for home improvement projects ranging from staining decks to installing new roofs.

6/10/2020

Protect Your Data When Moving From One Electronic Device to Another

Upgrading devices can be exciting, with all the potential for better pictures, faster processing speeds, expanded memory and new core functions. Before you dive in to setting up your new device, make sure to remove your personal information from your old device.

6/10/2020

Robocall Enforcement Unit, New Reporting Tool Now Available for Consumers

On March 4, Attorney General Dave Yost announced the formation of a Robocall Enforcement Unit and the development of a tool that lets consumers report malicious robocalls to his office.

6/10/2020

Check With Your Lender Before Taking out a High-Interest, Short-Term Loan

As a result of COVID-19, many Ohioans are now facing unemployment or uncertainty about the length of their employment. Explore and understand your options before taking out a high-interest, short-term loan.

4/8/2020

Beware of Phony Work-From-Home Offers and Other Job-Related Scams

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected businesses and their employees. Ohioans searching for new job opportunities should beware of employment scams, such as fake offers to work from home.

4/8/2020

Follow These Legitimate Resources for Accurate COVID-19 Updates

Turning to credible sources for the latest COVID-19 news will keep you informed while helping to stop the spread of misinformation. Read on to find reliable resources.  

4/8/2020

AG Yost Warns of an Outbreak of Scams Related to Coronavirus

Scammers are taking advantage of the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 to prey on consumers. Protect yourself with tips from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

4/8/2020

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
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