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Cash or Credit?

When making a purchase, consumers often face a choice of whether to use cash or credit. What is the difference between these payment methods, and how do they affect the real cost of the items you buy?

2/26/2013

Beware of Flood-Damaged Cars

Be careful when purchasing used cars. Flood-damaged vehicles from areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy may be making their way to Ohio and other areas.

2/26/2013

Get Involved in National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 3–9, 2013, and this year Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is joining other government and nonprofit organizations in Ohio and across the country to help consumers learn to protect their information and understand their rights.

2/26/2013

Identity Theft: 10 Things You Need to Know

Does a security breach mean an identity theft has occurred? Does most identity theft happen online? Identity theft is a popular topic, but it’s often misunderstood. To protect yourself, make sure you understand a few key facts and what to do if your identity is stolen.

2/26/2013

'Finders' may be 'Keepers' of Unclaimed Funds

If you have unclaimed funds in your name, you don’t have to hire a professional to try to recover them. Be wary of individuals or websites that tell you otherwise.

1/31/2013

Scam Alert: Hackers Lock PCs and Demand Payment

Beware of a recent computer scam that tricks consumers into sending money and revealing personal information.

1/31/2013

Take Extra Precautions this Tax Season

During tax season, take extra precautions to protect your identity and beware of “instant” tax refunds.

1/31/2013

Top Scams of 2012

Among the more than 30,000 complaints the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section received in 2012 were many reports of potential scams. They ranged from phony business opportunities or online vehicle scams to sweepstakes ploys and sweetheart scams.

1/31/2013

Be Wary of Online Vehicle Sales

Ohio consumers are reporting vehicle sales fraud involving online marketplaces. Scam artists tell exaggerated stories to lure consumers into wire-transferring large sums of money for vehicles that don’t exist. In most cases, wire transferred funds are nearly impossible to recover. Learn how to identify these scams and protect yourself when shopping for vehicles online.

12/12/2012

Payday Loans Pack an Interest Rate Punch

When cash is in short supply, a payday loan may sound like a wonderful solution. A short-term payday loan can help you purchase what you need before your next paycheck. While you might be tempted to apply for a payday loan if strapped for cash, you may want to think twice.

12/12/2012

Winter Weather Tips for Saving Money

As you brace yourself for a long Ohio winter, take steps to save money and stay safe.Follow these tips to help ensure your winter-weather transactions go smoothly:

12/12/2012

Scam Alert: ‘Free’ Gift Cards

As the holiday season approaches, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recommends learning to identify scams targeting holiday shoppers.

12/12/2012

Where to Get a Copy of Your Deed

If you want to obtain a copy of the deed to your home, contact your local county recorder.

11/14/2012

Scam Alert: International Driver’s License

Drivers: Beware of ads offering an “International Driver’s License.” In Ohio, there is no such thing as an international driver’s license.  

11/14/2012

Protecting Older Ohioans: AG Sues Hearing Aid Seller for Misleading Consumers

In Ohio, a business can’t advertise products or services as free when the cost of the “free” item is passed on to the consumer.

11/14/2012

The Best Way to Handle 'Card Member Services' Calls

Consumers throughout the nation are reporting numerous calls from 'Card Member Services' or similar-sounding companies that violate Do Not Call regulations. The best thing you can do? Don’t respond.

11/14/2012

Beware of Traveling Scam Artists

As summer reaches its official end, beware of lingering traveling scam artists that come to your door to offer roof repair, driveway paving and sealing, or tree trimming.

9/1/2012

Text Message Scam: ‘You’ve Won a $1,000 Gift Card!’

You’ve been a loyal customer for years, and now, unexpectedly, you receive a text message saying you’ve won a $1,000 gift card for one of your favorite stores. Is it too good to be true? You bet.

9/1/2012

High School Student Contest Launches Sept. 17

Ohio high school students in grades 9 through 12 can enter to win up to $2,500 in college scholarships by participating in the fourth annual Take Action Video Contest, which will accept submissions from Sept. 17, 2012, to Dec. 14, 2012.

9/1/2012

Attorney General Sues Water Treatment Seller

In August, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued Larry Foster, an Indiana man who went door to door selling water treatment systems to consumers throughout Ohio.

9/1/2012

Settlement Means Refunds for US Fidelis Customers

On July 19, 2012, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and 11 other state attorneys general announced a $14.1 million Consumer Restitution Fund for customers of US Fidelis, a company that was once the nation’s largest vehicle service contract dealer. The firm filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

8/1/2012

Find a Good Locksmith Before You Need One: Here’s Why

Just as you should find a doctor before you get sick, it’s a good idea to find a locksmith before you’re locked out. Otherwise, you may end up in an emergency situation with an unscrupulous locksmith.

8/1/2012

Evaluating Online Deal Sites

Purchasing a $20 gift card for just $10, buying a kitchen appliance at half price, and getting your bike tuned up at 40 percent off are some of the many savings that online deal sites offer.

8/1/2012

Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Back-to-school shopping season is in full swing, with notebooks, pencil cases, and binders lining many store aisles. While it can be exciting for children and adults to begin the school year with brand-new items, it also can be expensive. Take time to read advertisements closely and watch for potential scams to avoid the back-to-school buying blues.

8/1/2012

Understanding Credit Reports and Security Freezes

Checking your credit reports regularly and applying a security freeze may help you detect or avoid certain types of identity theft.

10/10/2012

How Identity Theft Affects Foster Youth and What the AG is Doing to Help

Although children generally don’t carry around personal identification information such as credit cards or licenses, their identities still can be targeted. 

10/10/2012

Tips to Protect Your Identity

National Protect Your Identity Week, set for Oct. 20–27, is a great time to consider how to protect your personal information from fraud. 

10/10/2012

Attorney General DeWine Launches Program for ID Theft Victims

The Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section has launched a new program to help identity theft victims correct the effects of the crime. 

10/10/2012
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