Protect yourself against consumer fraud at community forum Tuesday at Akron library
Consumer, health, and charitable fraud top list
Kristin Byrne, newsnet5.com , Joe Pagonakis, newsnet5.com
5:36 AM, Nov 19, 2013
12:09 PM, Nov 19, 2013
AKRON, Ohio -
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants consumers to be keenly aware of potential scams and fraud that may come their way this holiday season.
DeWine brought his series of Community Fraud Forums to the Akron-Summit County Public Library.
The free forum gathered law enforcement officials, consumer advocates, social workers, and interested citizens from northeast Ohio to the event, which was open to the public.
The forum addressed consumer fraud, health care fraud, and charitable fraud, and also provided continuing education credit for social workers and crime prevention specialists.
DeWine stressed to consumer that they need to be especially careful during the Christmas season, a time when they will be approached by charities, and by a growing number of vendors selling on-line, or by telephone.
DeWine's forum dealt with the top five subjects that have generated the most consumer complaints to his office over the past year.
Complaints about motorized vehicles continue to top the list. Problems with collections, credit reporting, or financial services also generate many calls to DeWine's office.
Unsolicited phone calls from companies, problems with household goods or property Improvement, and internet, phone, or TV services also make up the top issues faced by Ohio consumers.
DeWine told 5 On Your Side consumers must do thorough background checks on a company before sending any cash or signing a contract.