Scam Information on Marion Online

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Grandparents target of phone scams, Ohio AG warns

In recognition of National Grandparent’s Day this past Sunday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning families to beware of phone scams targeting grandparents. In a typical “grandparent” phone scam, a grandparent receives a phone call from someone posing as a grandchild. The caller claims to be in trouble and in urgent need of money, […]

Ohio AG offers consumer tips following Equifax breach announcement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered tips for consumers following the recent announcement by Equifax, one of the country’s three main credit reporting bureaus, of a data breach affecting some 143 million United States consumers. Equifax has reported that the information was compromised between May and July of this year and includes names, Social Security numbers, […]

Health Department warns of phone scam seeking personal information

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is warning of a phone scam where callers posing as health department staff are asking for personal information that the department would never seek over the phone. The callers use caller ID spoofing technology to make it appear that they are calling from a credible phone number, including from […]

Ohio AG offers charitable giving tips following Hurricane Harvey, Texas flooding

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has offered advice to help Ohioans make wise charitable contributions and avoid scams following the catastrophic flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey. “We encourage people to be generous in helping those affected by the devastating floods in Texas,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We also encourage people to make sure […]

Consumer tips offered for purchasing solar eclipse glasses

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has offered consumer protection tips ahead of the August 21 solar eclipse. “Ohioans of all ages are intrigued by the upcoming solar eclipse, but safety needs to be a priority to avoid permanent eye damage,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We want consumers to be informed before buying solar eclipse glasses.” […]

Warning issued over unclaimed funds scam

The Division of Unclaimed Funds is warning Ohioans about a website claiming they must pay a fee to have their missing money returned. The website, www.neverclaimed.com, tells consumers that they will receive their missing money after paying varying fees, ranging from $12.00 to $29.99. It does not cost anything to retrieve unclaimed funds from the […]

Ohio Attorney General warns of home rental scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warned consumers to beware of home rental scams. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received over 40 reports about the scams in 2017, and summer is a peak time for moving and traveling. In a typical rental scam, a con artist posts an ad online offering a house or apartment […]

Following severe weather, Ohio AG warns consumers to beware of scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has warned consumers to beware of scams following the severe weather that hit Ohio this week. “Bad weather, unfortunately, can lead to scams,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Some con artists will travel to storm-damaged communities, go door to door offering immediate work, and then leave after taking someone’s money. Another […]

Ohio Attorney General warns of uptick in IRS scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has warned that his office logged about 600 reports of “IRS” scams in June, more than in any other month this year. The scam generally begins with a call claiming the recipient is in trouble with the IRS and must call a certain phone number to avoid arrest or legal […]

Ohio Attorney General warns of elder abuse

Ahead of Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to beware of signs of elder abuse. “Elder abuse can affect any family in any community,” Attorney General DeWine said. “It often involves a person in a position of power or trust who takes advantage of an older adult. […]