The Ohio Attorney General Recommends:
Take your time before you make a decision. Never give personal information to someone you don’t know or trust, even in a contest. Ask companies how they will use your personal information and ask them not to sell your information. Don’t give in to high pressure sales tactics. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never sign anything you do not understand. Ask questions and demand answers.
If you have a problem with a purchase you made, notify the company in writing. Explain your complaint, the facts of the situation, the resolution you desire, and give a deadline for the resolution. If you suspect fraud or if you cannot resolve the problem on your own, file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General's Office or call 1-800-282-0515.
Top Phone Scams
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has warned consumers about five of the top phone scams reported to his office.
1. IRS Imposter Scam – Con artists call pretending to be the IRS.
2. Sweepstakes Scam – Consumers receive a call saying they have won an international lottery or sweepstakes prize.
3. Grandparent Scam – Scammers pretend to be a grandchild in trouble and call grandparents asking for immediate payment.
4. Computer Repair Scam – Consumers receive a call from someone who falsely claims to represent Microsoft or another computer support service.
5. Grant Scam – In a typical grant scam, consumers receive a call saying they have won a federal grant worth up to $10,000.
For complete details, visit the Ohio Attorney General’s website at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov