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Crowdfunding: What to Know Before Donating

If you’re asked to make a donation online to cover someone’s medical costs, to help victims of a tragedy, or to fund another cause, learn the basics of crowdfunding and how to spot a potential scam.

6/13/2017

Resolving Disputes Through the Attorney General’s Office

If you have a problem with a product or service you bought, you may be able to participate in an informal dispute resolution process offered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section. The process is free and has helped thousands of consumers resolve complaints.

4/17/2017

Look Out for Spring Home Improvement Scams

Year after year, one thing is predictable about Ohio weather: Spring brings out the home improvement scammers. Learn how to prevent these con artists from taking your hard-earned money.

4/17/2017

Know Your Consumer Rights: Automobiles

Buying a motor vehicle is often one of the most expensive items we buy in our lifetime. Learn your consumer rights to make sure you’re treated fairly as you go through the buying process.

4/17/2017

In the Market for a New Job? Beware of Employment Scams

If you’re in the market for a new job, watch out for signs of a job scam. That “too good to be true” job description or quick offer of employment without a face-to-face interview may signal a con.

4/17/2017

Unclaimed Funds 101

Do you think there are unclaimed funds out there belonging to you? Are you unsure of how to claim these funds? Have you recently been contacted by someone who offered to help you claim funds owed to you?

2/7/2017

Prevent Heartbreak: Steer Clear of Romance Scams

As Valentine’s Day approaches, watch out for con artists seeking to profit off Ohioans looking for love. While we all want to find the perfect match, unless you know how romance scams operate, instead of finding real love, your new “sweetheart” may deliver the double doozy of a broken heart and a lighter wallet.

2/7/2017

New Device? Make Cybersecurity a Top Priority

Did you start out the new year with a new smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even a TV that connects to the internet? The Ohio Attorney General’s Office encourages you to make cybersecurity one of your top priorities as you learn, program, and use your new device

2/7/2017

Know Your Consumer Rights: Shopping Rights and Tips

Whether reading a store ad, shopping online, or making a purchase at a retail store, you are likely protected by Ohio’s consumer protection laws. The Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (“CSPA”) and its related rules operate to maintain a fair marketplace for consumers.

2/7/2017

Resolve to Make Healthy Goals, not Financial Headache

You may have the best of intentions to become healthier in the New Year, but before purchasing a product or service, be sure to do your homework to help prevent a well-intentioned goal from becoming a disappointment.

12/14/2016

Learn about Attorney General Outreach and Training Resource

With more than 30 different sections, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office serves Ohio citizens in many ways, including a variety of outreach services and training resources that are free to the public. Among the available trainings and services are programs for consumers, charities, crime victims, and small businesses. 

12/14/2016

Know Your Consumer Rights — Warranties and Service Contracts

Are you planning to purchase a new appliance or hire a home contractor? Before making these costly investments, protect yourself by learning more about your consumer rights when it comes to warranties and service contracts. 

12/14/2016

Beware of “Malvertising” Scams When Surfing Online

Savvy consumers may be familiar with “malware,” which is short for malicious software. They also may know never to click on unfamiliar or suspicious links, attachments, or pop-up windows to avoid malware. However, today’s technology presents us with a danger that is not so easy to recognize or avoid: “malvertising,” or malicious advertising.

12/14/2016

Scholarship Contest Now Accepting Entries!

The Ohio Attorney General’s eighth-annual Take Action Video Contest gives Ohio high school students the opportunity to learn about consumer protection while creating a short video for the chance to win college scholarships.

10/12/2016

Scammers’ Favorite Payment Methods

Fraud can be difficult to detect, but recognizing payment methods used regularly in scams can help consumers spot one sign of a potential problem.

10/12/2016

Know Your Consumer Rights – Repairs and Services

If you own a home or motor vehicle, you likely have paid for repairs or services in the past, or you may be planning to pay for repairs or services in the future. To make the most of your money, understand your rights as a consumer. 

10/12/2016

Beware of Computer Repair Scams

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to catch up on the latest computer repair and tech support scams that can trap consumers into revealing personal information or paying for phony assistance with their digital devices.

10/12/2016

Ohio Consumers Gain New Law to Help Prevent Child ID Theft

Ohio families soon will have a new way to protect their children’s identities. 

8/8/2016

Know Your Consumer Rights – Advertisements

Have you ever watched, read, or heard an advertisement and thought to yourself, “There’s got to be a catch,” or “This simply seems too good to be true”? 

8/8/2016

Five Signs of a Health Insurance Scam

Con artists know how complicated health insurance can be and are eager to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. 

8/8/2016

Beware: Searching for 'Local' Locksmiths May Lead to Faraway Call Centers

When consumers search for a locksmith, it is often when they need help in a crisis, such as being locked out of their own home or car. 

8/8/2016

‘Ohio Protects’ Multi-Media Outreach Initiative Begins

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the launch of a new multi-media outreach initiative to increase Ohioans’ awareness of scams, fraud, and identity theft and how they can protect themselves.

6/8/2016

Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying a car is a major purchase. 

6/6/2016

Don’t Let Scams Take the Fun out of Social Media

Have you ever been contacted by a “friend” on social media who has a great offer for you or who tells you that you’ve unexpectedly won money? 

6/6/2016

Helping Small Businesses to Avoid Becoming Targets

Imagine investing thousands of dollars into your own small business and then being targeted by scammers. 

6/6/2016

Know Your Consumer Rights

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week (March 6-12, 2016), the Ohio Attorney General’s Office wants to remind you about some of your rights as a consumer. 

3/4/2016

A Taxing Problem: Tax Identity Theft

When most people think of identity theft, they likely think of opening fraudulent accounts, making unauthorized credit card charges, or taking money out of a bank account without permission. 

3/4/2016

Hung up with Unwanted Telephone Calls? Read on…

Placing a landline or cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry can help reduce telemarketing calls, but it may not stop all unwanted calls. Here are some reasons why.

3/4/2016
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