Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor has issued a consumer alert after reports have surfaced that telephone con artists are using the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to attempt to steal Ohioans’ personal information. The scammers are claiming to be representatives of a health insurance exchange, Medicare or a “government program.” [...]
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The Ohio Department of Aging has issued a consumer alert for older adults throughout the state following several incidents in southern Ohio of scammers impersonating staff of elder services agencies to attempt to get information or access to elders’ homes. All residents and their families should be aware of anyone showing up unannounced to their [...]
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans of an increased number of tax-related identity theft complaints recently received by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section Identity Theft Unit. “Of all the tax-related identity theft complaints my office has on file, more than half of the complaints were made in March, and we still have [...]
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is warning Ohioans about two identity theft scams targeting unemployment compensation claimants. In one scam, a telephone caller indicates that a job is available but says the individual must provide a credit card number and other personal information in order to be hired. In another scam, [...]
During National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is stressing that Ohioans can best protect themselves by becoming familiar with the basics of insurance and utilizing resources provided by the Department. “We take our duty of protecting Ohio insurance consumers very seriously,” Taylor said. “The Department can [...]
Attorney General Mike DeWine kicked off National Consumer Protection Week in Ohio with a warning about scammers posing as employees of his office to trick consumers into providing personal information and payment for bogus debts. From Jan. 1-Feb. 20, of this year, the Attorney General’s Office received about a dozen reports of scammers pretending to [...]
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says that several Marion County residents have reported receiving phone calls during which they are pressured to make a payment to settle a non-existent outstanding cash advance loan. The callers are claiming to work for cash advance loan businesses. The caller claims that the resident has an outstanding loan balance [...]
As a comedy movie about a victim in pursuit of an identity thief debuts this weekend, Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans that he takes the problem seriously, having created last year the Identity Theft Unit, within his Office’s Consumer Protection Section, that helps identity-theft victims. It offers victims two programs: Traditional Assistance and Self-Help [...]
Businesses should be wary if they receive emails that look like they are from the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warned today. The FTC has advised that scammers have sent thousands of these phony emails that appear to be from the commission with the claim that consumers have filed complaints [...]
In observance of Data Privacy Day on Monday, January 28, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is encouraging consumers to protect their personal information to avoid tax-related fraud and identity theft. Recent reports suggest that criminals are stealing personal information from legitimate taxpayers to obtain fraudulent tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). “Helping [...]