Ohio AG has warning for crooks

FILE - Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks in Vandalia. (WDTN Photo/FILE)
FILE - Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks in Vandalia. (WDTN Photo/FILE)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio’s Attorney General was in Springfield to talk with residents about avoiding becoming a victim of fraud.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said his office receives 25,000 to 30,000 complaints every year from people who think they’ve been victims of fraud.

He hosted a free fraud forum Wednesday afternoon to teach people what to look out for and how to protect themselves.

Dozens gathered for the event at Clark State Community College.

DeWine addressed issues like nursing home thefts, charitable cons and financial fraud, specifically ploys used to target the elderly.

He said there have always been crooks, but with the internet, their tools for stealing money are far more wide reaching.

He had a strong message for thieves.

“Our message to these con artists and fraud artists is that we’re watching and we’re getting reports on you,” warned DeWine. “We’re going to put you out of business and if you’re really committing these serious crimes, we will put you out of business and we will actually prosecute you and investigate you.

If you suspect you are a victim of fraud, call the Ohio Attorney General Office at 614-466-4986.

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