Scam Information on Marion Online

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Ohio Attorney General warns of increase in reported tax scams as filing deadline nears

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has warned that more consumers are reporting tax-related scams with about four weeks remaining until the April 18 filing deadline. In 2017, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has logged more than 150 tax scams thus far in March, compared to 80 in January, and 175 in February. “As we get […]

PUCO warns of utility payment scam

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is warning utility customers to beware of a payment scam that has re-surfaced across the state recently. The scam is targeting electric and natural gas utility customers, both residential and small business. A caller claiming to represent the utility informs the customer that they owe money from their […]

Following severe weather, Attorney General DeWine warns of storm-chaser scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to beware of home repair scams following the severe weather that hit Ohio this week. “If you have downed trees, a damaged roof, or other storm damage, be wary of people who unexpectedly show up at your door offering services,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Some con artists […]

Ohioans urged to “Investigate Before You Invest” to help prevent fraud

As part of America Saves Week 2017, February 27 – March 4, the Ohio Department of Commerce – Division of Securities is partnering with the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to urge Ohio investors to “investigate before you invest” to help prevent investment fraud as part of the national savings campaign. “One of our […]

Ohio AG warns of romance scams on Facebook, dating websites

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans that his office has received several recent reports of romance scams that started on Facebook or dating websites. In the scam, a con artist creates a phony profile online, contacts a potential victim, and begins communicating with the person through messages or calls. […]

Attorney warns of “Can You Hear Me” calls reported in Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that since Friday, several Ohioans have reported suspicious calls from callers asking “Can you hear me?” Similar calls have been reported throughout the country as part of an alleged scam to trick consumers into responding “Yes” and using their response to place unauthorized charges on their phone or […]

Ohio Attorney General issues update on identity theft unit

Ahead of Data Privacy Day (January 28), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued an update on his office’s Identity Theft Unit, which helps victims correct the effects of identity theft. In 2016, the Ohio Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit received 1,057 complaints and helped victims clear more than $890,000 in fraudulent charges, according to complaint […]

Protect Your Money: a financial resolution for the New Year

As another year draws to a close, Ohio’s Division of Securities and the Division of Financial Institutions are urging Ohioans to protect their hard-earned money from unwise financial decisions and potentially harmful investments. “Being money smart should be a year-round exercise, but at this time of the year some consumers may face a financial crunch […]

10 New Year’s consumer protection tips

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered consumer protection tips ahead of the New Year. “Our mission is to protect Ohio’s families,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We want to help consumers avoid scams, identity theft, and other problems. We encourage people to take steps to protect themselves and to contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office […]

Attorney General warns of overpayment scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has warned Ohioans to beware of overpayment scams this holiday season. The scam commonly affects businesses, charities, and people who sell items online. In the scam, a con artist pretends to overpay for something (often by providing a counterfeit check or fraudulent credit card) and then asks the victim to […]