Consumer Protection

Protecting Older Adults From Financial Scams

As adults get older, they become more susceptible to financial scams. Approximately 5 million adults 65+ are financially abused every year at an estimated loss of $36.5 billion. Here are different types of financial scams and how older adults can avoid them.   Types of Financial Scams Impersonators Scammers will call stating that they...

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A Student’s Guide to College Scams

Most students head off to college around the same time they are becoming adults. This means they will be making decisions on their own and will be more susceptible to potential scams. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB),  adults 18-24 were 56.6% more likely to fall for a scam with median losses of...

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5 Vacation Scams to Avoid

When planning a vacation, be on the lookout for false promises and a sense of urgency. You don't want to pay for something that doesn't exist. Better Business Bureau (BBB) published its list of five vacation scams to watch out for when making travel plans. 1. Vacation Rental Con Be wary of listings for...

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Scam Alert: Home Improvement Cons

Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a warning about a scam involving fraudulent home improvement contractors. After major weather events, consumers often seek out contractors for home repairs. BBB says in instances like these, be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, upfront fees and fly-by-night businesses. Scams usually start off with a knock on the door,...

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Scam Alert: Rent and Mortgage Cons

Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a warning about scams that target people who need help paying their rents or mortgages. Details There are many legitimate organizations that can help renters and homeowners with their monthly payments. Unfortunately, many fake “organizations” and “charities” also exist. Their aim is to take advantage of the economic crisis....

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This Text is a Scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is sending out a warning about a new scam involving text messages about unemployment insurance. [caption id="attachment_33864" align="alignright" width="326"] If you receive a text like this, do not respond to it.[/caption] If you received a text like the one pictured, do not respond to it or click any attachments...

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FBI Issues Warning About Fake Vaccine Cards

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a new warning to the public: if you make or buy a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, you are breaking the law. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the FBI are advising the public to be aware of: Individuals selling fake...

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Statute of Limitations – How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Ohio?

What is a Statute of Limitations? Most people have heard the phrase "statute of limitations," but what does it really mean? In legal terms, statutes of limitations set limits on the length of time available to take legal action. The time limits vary depending on the state and the type of case. For personal...

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When to Buy New Tires

It can be easy to forget that tires are the most important safety feature on a vehicle. But, if you stop to think about it, it's easy to see why. Tires have direct contact with the road. They have a huge impact on riding, handling and braking. High-Performing Tires For ideal performance, tires should:...

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Elder Abuse: Signs, Prevention and Where to Turn for Help

Elder abuse is a major societal problem. It occurs when someone knowingly, intentionally or negligently causes harm—or a serious risk of harm—to a vulnerable person. COVID-19 has done nothing to help the situation. In fact, PBS discovered a strong correlation between the pandemic and nationwide cases of elder abuse and mistreatment. They cited a report from researcher...

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