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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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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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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