Scam Information on Marion Online

Below are articles posted to Marion Online that detail scams and possible scams affecting people in the Marion area. We have also included a widget from the State of Ohio Attorney General's Office that provides updates on current scams. You can grab this widget and place it on your Facebook, MySpace, or other personal sites. Just click on "Share" to get the details.

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If you believe you have been targeted by, or are the victim of a scam, you should contact local authorities. They are constantly working to reduce and eliminate these types of crimes. Call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 740-382-8224 and/or the Marion City Police Department at 740-387-2525.

Residents Should Watch Out for Scams Following Storms

Following the violent weather in Ohio this weekend, Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered a warning to residents to beware of traveling contractors who try to take advantage of homeowners in need of assistance. To help protect local residents, the City of Marion requires that all solicitors be registered.

State Makes Arrests in National Telemarketing Fraud Ring

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Miami County Prosecutor Gary Nasal today announced felony charges against 18 suspects accused of running a telemarketing fraud ring from Ohio and Florida that has stolen millions of dollars from thousands of victims in 41 states since 2007. Thirteen of the suspects have been taken into custody in Ohio, Florida, Indiana, and New York. Those from out of state will be extradited to Ohio.

Warning Issued Over Unclaimed Funds Scam

David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, is warning Ohioans about an internet company that is apparently charging Ohioans for unclaimed funds searches and issuing fraudulent claim forms.

Scammers Targeting Utility Consumers’ Personal Information

Residential utility consumers need to be aware of an ongoing scam seeking to steal their personal information.

Scammers are posing as utility company representatives offering false claims that President Barack Obama will help pay utility bills through a federal program. No new programs have been created to help consumers pay their utility bills.

Community Fraud Forums Offered as Cyber Fraud Legislation Takes Effect

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that his office is hosting regional community fraud forums this summer to discuss how Ohioans can work together to fight fraud. The announcement comes on the same day that Ohio's new cyber fraud law takes effect. The law gives the Attorney General new tools to help local prosecutors fight economic crimes.

Ohio AG Warns Older Ohioans about Job Opportunity Scams

During Older Americans Month in May, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohio senior citizens to be cautious of job opportunity scams that could cost them thousands of dollars.

State Issues Warning about Sweepstakes Scams

Ohio has been hit by a scourge of sweepstakes scams, Attorney General Richard Cordray says.

The fake contests are a common ploy used by con artists to swindle money or gain personal information. Since January, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection section says they have received approximately 900 complaints about sweepstakes or prizes, almost all of them scams.

New Downloadable Widget Provides Info on Local Scams

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey have announced a local crackdown on scams plaguing Ohioans. Working together through sharing information and expanding education efforts, the agencies say they will focus on fraudulent activity targeting everyday consumers. To this end, Marion Online has also added a new scams section on our website.

Ohio Authorities Seeking Veterans Group Leader

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters Thursday announced that a nationwide arrest warrant for identity fraud has been issued for the man claiming to be "Bobby Thompson," director of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA), a supposed charity based in Florida.

Ohio Animal Shelter Does Not Plan Mass Kill

Authorities say Internet rumors that Summit County Animal Control is planning a mass kill of animals at the shelter are not true. Those rumors have been heard locally and Marion Online has received several messages from concerned people.

"Not only are we not going to euthanize animals, we are going to treat the move to the new facility as a training opportunity," Craig Stanley, director of administrative services, said Monday.