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Mortgage Settlement Q&A

In February 2012, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with the federal government and 49 state attorneys general, announced a $25 billion federal-state agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers — Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorganChase, and Wells Fargo.

4/13/2012

The Beach Gets Sued (And What to Do When a Business Closes)

On May 25, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit against the owners and operators of The Beach Waterpark in Mason, Ohio, charging the waterpark with failure to deliver.

6/15/2012

Skechers Refunds

Did you buy Skechers Shape-ups, Resistance Runner, Toners, or Tone-ups shoes? You may be eligible for a refund under a recent settlement.

6/15/2012

Shop Smart for Mother’s Day

Don’t forget! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and whether you’re giving flowers, jewelry, or other gifts, be sure to make smart shopping decisions.

5/10/2012

Prepaid Cards: The Hidden Costs

Prepaid cards offer many of the same benefits of a credit card or debit card, such as convenience and easy use, without the requirement of a checking account or credit card. Despite the benefits of prepaid cards and their increasing popularity, many come with high costs.

7/27/2012

May is Older Americans Month

Celebrate Older Americans Month by talking to your friends and family about sweepstakes scams and grandparent scams.

5/10/2012

Is Your Smartphone Putting Your Personal Information at Risk?

If you have a smartphone, convenience and ease are paramount. Need to find a restaurant for a dinner reservation? Look it up on your smartphone. Need to know your checking account balance? Download your bank's app and log in.

6/15/2012

Is Your Car a Lemon?

Buying a car is a big decision. You have to consider price, efficiency, comfort, color, and other factors. Once you find your perfect car, what happens if it has serious problems and needs constant repairs? Is it a lemon?

7/27/2012

Immigration Scams

Earlier this month, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission warned of possible notario scams following the federal government’s recent immigration announcement.

7/27/2012

Could July 9 Be Doomsday for Your Computer?

If your computer is infected with a certain kind of malware, it may not be able to connect to the Internet as of July 9, 2012.

5/10/2012

Community Fraud Forums

This summer the Ohio Attorney General's Office is hosting regional Community Fraud Forums to discuss scams affecting consumers and small businesses.

7/17/2012

Buy Here-Pay-Here Dealers Sued

Attorney General DeWine sued two “buy-here-pay-here” used car dealerships in April for violating Ohio’s consumer laws.

5/10/2012

Avoid Wedding Disasters

Deciding to get married may be easy, but planning a wedding — finding a location, dress, caterer, florist, and photographer - can be difficult. With so many options, how do you sort the good vendors from the not-so-good? Researching wedding vendors and asking important questions can go a long way to help you avoid problems on your big day.

7/27/2012

Work-at-home offers usually scams

As the school year closes, many high school and college graduates will be hunting for jobs and considering job placement services or work-at-home opportunities. 

Some job placement services are legitimate, but others misrepresent their services, promote outdated or fictitious job offerings, or charge high fees for services that never lead to a job.

5/23/2011

What is your smartphone saying about you?

If you use your smartphone to upload photos to social networking websites such as Facebook or MySpace, your phone may be releasing your personal information and location without your knowledge.

For years, experts have warned web users to avoid posting too much personal information, such as street address, date of birth, or license plate numbers, to protect against online predators.  

6/27/2011

Watch for tsunami scams

In the wake of the recent tsunami in Japan, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to watch for charitable giving scams.

Charitable scams tend to emerge after large-scale disasters, and Ohioans who want to help fund relief efforts need to be wary of scam artists trying to exploit their generosity.

3/24/2011

Watch for “Instant” Tax Refunds

With tax season upon us, offers for fast-cash refunds or instant refunds may sound good, but in reality, many of these “instant refunds” are costly loans.

1/18/2012

Understanding debt collection laws

April is National Financial Literacy Month, so it is a great time to take charge of your credit and understand your rights regarding debt collection.

The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act protect consumers from abusive, deceptive and unfair debt collection practices.

4/27/2011

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.

12/21/2011

Trade Secret of a Scammer: Using Your Driver’s License

Because your driver’s license is a key form of identification, it may be a ripe target for identity thieves.

2/23/2012

Trade secret of a scammer

To make their ploys seem real, scam artists may send a counterfeit check or money order inside a FedEx package or other official-looking package

11/14/2011

Top ten scams of 2010

The New Year is well under way, but the top scams of 2010 still threaten unsuspecting consumers.

From fake checks to phony debt collectors, Ohio consumers reported dozens of scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in 2010, and many of those scams continue to circulate in 2011.

2/10/2011

Top Ten Complaints of 2011

In 2011, the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section filed dozens of lawsuits and received more than 31,000 complaints, among other highlights.

1/18/2012

Tell Grandparents about Travel Plans: Here's Why

Scammers have convinced Ohio grandparents to send hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the country through the “grandparent scam,” where scammers pose as a grandchild in trouble and call grandparents asking for money.
 

3/21/2012

Stay safe, save money this winter

As winter falls upon us, concerns arise about safety, travel, and money. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and save money.

12/21/2011

Spring Home Improvement Tips

If you are considering a home repair this spring or summer, make sure you know how to find a good contractor.

3/21/2012

Spiritual Advisor or Scam Artist?

In certain cultures, spiritual advisors and healers are trusted individuals who provide helpful guidance to others.

2/23/2012

Scholarship opportunity for Ohio high school students

Ohio high school students can submit 60-second videos on Internet safety for the chance to win college scholarships in the 2011 Take Action High School Video Contest.

10/26/2011
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