Choosing a Good Nursing Home
Posted in Accident & Injury, Consumer Protection on May 9, 2022
By Craig McLaughlin As of 2022, the United States Census Bureau has recorded there to be over 54 million adults 65 years or older. As people live longer, many Ohioans are going to need medical care and assistance that can only be found at a nursing home. With over 1,000 nursing homes in Ohio, distinguishing...
Posted in Consumer Protection, Medical Malpractice on April 18, 2022
Adults 60 years or older are the most prone to experiencing abuse in nursing homes. The U.S. Census data has shown that over 200,000 Ohioans experience elder abuse each year. One woman who endured this abuse at a Cleveland nursing home was Esther Piskor. Her son Steve installed a hidden camera in her room...
Essentials to Keep in the Car
Posted in Automobile, Consumer Protection on November 2, 2021
Whether you're driving across the country or just down the road, it's important to have a few items in your car for any unexpected situations. Below is a list of essential items to keep in your vehicle at all times. Jumper Cables/Portable Jump Box A car battery can die at any point without warning,...
Protecting Older Adults From Financial Scams
Posted in Consumer Protection on October 15, 2021
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...
A Student’s Guide to College Scams
Posted in Consumer Protection on August 23, 2021
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...
5 Vacation Scams to Avoid
Posted in Consumer Protection, Leisure on July 12, 2021
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...
Scam Alert: Home Improvement Cons
Posted in Consumer Protection on June 1, 2021
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,...
Scam Alert: Rent and Mortgage Cons
Posted in Consumer Protection on May 10, 2021
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....
This Text is a Scam
Posted in Consumer Protection, In the news on April 8, 2021
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...
FBI Issues Warning About Fake Vaccine Cards
Posted in Consumer Protection, In the news on April 7, 2021
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...