Ohio Attorney General warns against scam

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is warning residents about a phone scam.

Cordray says callers pose as representatives from the Attorney General's office and demand personal information. He cautions that these calls are unauthorized and no one should share personal information.

"We know that these scam artists are particularly assertive and in at least one instance have used threats of arrest and job loss," said Cordray. "Under no circumstances would employees of my office demand personal information or use threats to receive it. I strongly urge recipients of these phone calls to disconnect immediately and report the call to my office."

Some reported calls have been automated in nature, while others have involved a live voice. In both scenarios, recipients were told to provide their Social Security numbers.

Cordray offered the following guidelines to help Ohioans avoid falling victim to this type of scam:

• Don't give out personal information to an unexpected caller. The Attorney General's Office will never call to ask you for your Social Security number. If a call seems suspicious, it probably is.

• When in doubt, ask for the name of the organization and research it on your own. Call back to a listed number.

• If you think you've given out your Social Security number in a scam, place an alert on your credit reports and monitor your credit reports for unauthorized activity.

• If you feel that you have fallen victim to a scam, file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office at www.SpeakOutOhio.gov or (800) 282-0515.

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