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Trade secrets of a scammer


To increase the likelihood that you may fall for a scam, scam artists sometimes use names of well-known officials.

For example, some consumers have received phony communication from “Robert Gates” (former United States Secretary of Defense) or “J. Edgar Hoover” (the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation).

Regardless of whose name is attached, think twice before you agree to wire money.

Report a potential scam to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or by calling 800-282-0515.