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Scam alert: online notarization

“Online webcam notarization” is invalid in Ohio, but at least one company is claiming to provide a web-based notary service to consumers throughout the U.S.

Under Ohio law, if you need to get a document notarized to verify your signature on the document, you must be physically present with the notary public at the time you sign the document.


Safety recalls and alerts: New crib standards

New crib standards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) prohibit the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs.  They also require importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers to offer only cribs that meet new mandatory rules, including:


Don’t let your family fall prey to “grandparent scams”

Grandparents across the state are continuing to lose money to scam artists posing as grandchildren.

Since January, the Attorney General’s Office has received dozens of reports of grandparent scams from consumers across the state. In some cases, victims lose $10,000 or more.


Criminal prosecution of Ohio scammers

In mid-July, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen K. Haller announced the indictment of three individuals for engaging in a tree-trimming theft operation that targeted elderly victims in Greene, Butler, Franklin, and Montgomery Counties.

The indictments were the latest development in a statewide effort to increase the number of consumer protection cases prosecuted criminally.


Complaint resolution for small businesses

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recognizes that Ohio’s small businesses are essential to growing the state’s economy.

In support, the Attorney General’s office provides a free complaint dispute resolution process for small businesses and nonprofits. This effort has helped save small businesses thousands of dollars.