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Trade secret of a scammer

To make their ploys seem real, scam artists may send a counterfeit check or money order inside a FedEx package or other official-looking package


Ohio Supreme Court: out-of-state lawyers may not offer debt settlement legal services to Ohioans

When looking for debt settlement lawyers online, you must find an attorney who has the ability to practice law in Ohio, not just firms that advertise themselves as “national firms.”

The Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline issued an advisory opinion on October 7th stating that out-of-state lawyers are not practicing law if they are representing an Ohioan in a debt-settlement case.


November is National Runaway Prevention Month

November marks National Runaway Prevention Month. It’s an effort to call attention to the estimated 1.6 to 2.8 million children in a year who run away.

Reporting a missing person is the first step a family member or other loved one can take when faced with this situation. There is also the Missing Persons Checklist available from the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Leads to the whereabouts of missing persons can also be submitted.


Layaway: is it right for you?

Many companies have brought back layaway plans for the holiday season. But before you put a purchase on layaway, make sure you understand what it is and how it works.

Layaway plans allow you to pay installments for items on reserve. You receive the item when it is paid in full.


High School Video Contest: one month left

The 2011 Take Action High School Video Contest, which gives Ohio high school students the opportunity to compete for college scholarships while promoting Internet safety, is open from now until December 15.


Handling unwanted text messages

Unwanted text messages are not only annoying, but can lead to unauthorized charges on your cell phone bill for services you never requested.

In the last few years, the Ohio Attorney General's Office has seen a rise in complaints dealing with unauthorized phone charges, in some cases connected with unwanted text message spam.


Beware of Internet pop-ups

When online, you will likely encounter a pop-up advertisement or two. In addition to being a nuisance, they may bring viruses and send out your personal information.

Pop-ups are generally new web browser windows used to display advertisements. Pop-under ads are similar to pop-up ads, except that the ad window appears hidden behind the main browser window rather than in front of it.