Consumer Advocate

Sign up for newsletters and other news
Media > Newsletters > Consumer Advocate

Consumer Advocate RSS feeds

Take a Good Look at Your Phone Bill

Your phone bill may just be another one on the list to pay every month. But next time it arrives, take a second look for extra charges or fees. Some may be for services you didn’t order, agree to, or use. If you find these, you may be a victim of  “cramming.”

8/14/2013

Beware of Scams when Buying or Selling Online

Online marketplaces make it easy for buyers to access countless products from individual sellers. But shopping this way can leave you vulnerable to scams since you may not know who is selling the item or if the item even exists. Scam artists take advantage of these unknown elements and attempt to steal your money.

8/14/2013

Tailor the Topics and Timing of Our Communications

You now can tailor the topics and timing of email communications from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

7/10/2013

AG Sues Cleveland Area Talent Agency Owner

You believe your child is destined for the spotlight. So you find a talent search company and spend a lot of money in hopes your child will be “discovered.” This was the goal of many parents and children who signed with The Event in Orlando Inc., a talent agency that operated in the Cleveland area. The business sold talent contest packages to consumers and then failed to deliver the services as advertised.

7/10/2013

Protect Yourself from Social Media Fraud

With the explosion of social media, people have made online connections with many individuals, organizations, and events. Social media can be beneficial, and many legitimate people, businesses, and agencies create accounts to keep others informed of their news and promotions. However, scam artists also are taking advantage of social media sites, using fake profiles and accounts to trick consumers into losing money or releasing personal information.

7/10/2013

Prospective Renters, Beware of Rental Scams

Finding a new apartment or home to rent can be challenging. As you scan through rental ads considering the neighborhood, cost, and size, what you may not consider is that the listing could be a fake. Rental listing scams target consumers who are looking for a good deal on a great place and trick people into sending money.

7/10/2013

Want to Lower Your Mortgage? Don’t Stop Making Payments

If you want to lower your monthly mortgage payments, don’t trust businesses that tell you to stop making your payments.

6/12/2013

Beware of Job Opportunity Scams

If you are in the market for summer work or a full-time position, you may have noticed job postings that sound too good to be true. What you may not know is that scammers who want to steal your money — and maybe even your identity — create many of these postings. Learn to recognize the signs of job opportunity scams and how to avoid falling for them.

6/12/2013

Car-title Loans and What You Can Lose

When short on cash or looking for a way to supplement income, car-title loans may seem like a good option. But beware: Car-title loans may cost more than you expect.

6/12/2013

Selling your Timeshare? Watch for Scams

If you own a timeshare and are thinking of selling it, use caution before agreeing to do so through a real estate broker or agent. Since January 2012, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received almost 160 complaints regarding timeshares. Most of these complaints are from shareowners who are attempting to sell their timeshare through resale companies.

6/12/2013

Home Repair Scammers Indicted for Targeting Elderly Victims

In April, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stood beside Central Ohio law enforcement officers to announce indictments against seven people who ripped off elderly victims in Fairfield, Franklin, Pickaway, and Ross counties with their door-to-door home improvement scheme.

5/15/2013

How to Find a Good Contractor

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

5/15/2013

Buying a Used Car? Beware of Title Problems

When a used car is purchased from a motor vehicle dealer, you expect the dealer to provide a valid certificate of title that transfers ownership of the vehicle. But what happens if the dealer fails to deliver the title? The Attorney General may be able to help.

5/15/2013

Mother’s Day Shopping Tips

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, and if you are planning a last-minute gift for the moms in your life, be sure to make smart shopping decisions and avoid scams.

5/15/2013

Consumer Videos Now Available

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office now offers several new videos on consumer protection topics. Watch as Consumer Protection Section experts discuss home improvement, identity theft, and other issues, and check out the winning student videos from the office’s 2012 Take Action High School Video Contest.

4/10/2013

Agent or Imposter?

Scammers have been posing as law enforcement officers for years, but current technology makes the scheme more convincing.

4/10/2013

AG Shuts Down Fraud Ring

In March, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Miami County Prosecutor Gary Nasal announced the guilty plea of the ringleader of a telemarketing fraud scheme that stole millions of dollars from thousands of victims across the country.

4/10/2013

‘Spear Phishing’ Scams Hit Close to Home

In a typical phishing scam, a con artist pretends to be an employee of your bank or a government agency and asks you to confirm account information by submitting your bank account number, password, or Social Security number. The scammer hopes you will fall for the scam and reveal personal information.

4/10/2013

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
Displaying results 253-280 (of 393)
 |<  <  6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15  >  >|