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Ohioans Celebrate National Consumer Protection Week

Teaching Ohioans how to spot consumer scams will be the focus of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week (March 1-7). It’s important to protect our identities and avoid scams all year long, but National Consumer Protection Week is a special time to raise consumer awareness from coast to coast. Almost every day, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office receives reports from consumers who have lost hundreds or thousands of dollars to scams, and we know that the best way to combat consumer scams is through education. Continue Reading >

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NCPW News/Events

Don’t Get Scammed by Investment Fraud on the Internet

Social media and the Internet have become important tools for investors — both younger and older. Social media and the Internet provide not only a wealth of information for investors, but also opportunities for those looking to take advantage of innocent victims.  Scam artists use social media and the Internet to conduct complex frauds and schemes that even the most seasoned investor may have trouble detecting.    

Here are examples of the types of schemes you should be on the lookout for when using social media and the Internet: Continue Reading >

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Investing

Does your app know where you are?

Who knows where you are right now? The apps on your smartphone might — even if you’re not using them.

You might find this helpful — for example, a map app that tracks your location in the background may give you directions more quickly. Or a shopping app could send you a message about a sale at a store close by. Other apps might collect and share your location information with advertisers, which then send you targeted ads. Continue Reading >

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Technology

Laptop security in a nutshell

Imagine you’re at a coffee shop, sipping on a latte while working on your laptop. After all that coffee, you need to run to the loo. Would you leave your laptop for just a sec while you heed nature’s call?

Here’s another question: wouldn’t you hate it if your laptop disappeared? Your family photos, tax documents, and other personal stuff could vanish along with it. Unfortunately, it only takes a minor distraction for that to happen. And the last thing you’d want is for an identity thief to get their hands on your laptop. Continue Reading >

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Technology

Sending money out of love, or sending a scammer money?

Love is a powerful thing. So when a loved one calls or emails, saying they’re in trouble, you’d want to help, right? If they ask you to send cash immediately — should you follow your heart?

The short answer is: no. Unfortunately, scammers pretend to be someone you know to trick you into sending money. They might pressure you to wire money quickly to help with an emergency — to get out of jail, pay a hospital bill, or leave a foreign country.  Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

What’s the true cost of a car title loan?

Have you seen a sign offering a car title loan — also known as a pink-slip loan, title pledge or title pawn? These loans use your paid-off car as collateral, and you get a small, short-term loan with a high interest rate. You usually have to repay the loan in 15 or 30 days, and the annual percentage rate (APR) is often more than 100%. Continue Reading >

Fast-talk from Straight Talk and others about unlimited data

Unlimited talk, text, and data for $45 per month with no contract? That sounds like a great deal, but according to a recent FTC lawsuit, millions of people who bought unlimited mobile plans from Straight Talk, Net10 Wireless, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America didn’t get what they paid for. And now they may be eligible for refunds. Continue Reading >

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Technology

Happy Data Privacy Day!

Sorry, folks, I don’t have any cake to share for this celebration, but don’t let that stop you from participating in Data Privacy Day. There are practical things you can do today, and every day, to protect your personal information. Here are a few scenarios where people may share more information than they intend.

Scenario 1: At the coffee shop, you decide to use an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot to check your bank balance with an app. Continue Reading >

Happy Data Privacy Day!

Sorry, folks, I don’t have any cake to share for this celebration, but don’t let that stop you from participating in Data Privacy Day. There are practical things you can do today, and every day, to protect your personal information. Here are a few scenarios where people may share more information than they intend.

Scenario 1: At the coffee shop, you decide to use an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot to check your bank balance with an app. Continue Reading >

3 ways to use Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to help people in your life

Looking for a practical way to help friends, family, and your community? We’ve got one: warn them about tax identity theft and IRS imposters.

This week is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week — and a good time to think about what you can do. Here are three ideas to get you started: Continue Reading >

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Identity Theft

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