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Ohio's attorney general warns of seasonal scams
DeWine: Look Out for Possible Scams During Holiday Season
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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The holiday season is crunch time for charitable giving. And crooks know it. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow says the state is advising givers to watch for red flags that might suggest a scam.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning everyone to look out for scammers who take advantage of kind-spirited givers during the holiday season.

“We've always had con artists around, but now they have the Internet, now they have telemarketing. And so they have a much longer arm and they can reach clear across the country and rip you off,” DeWine says.

DeWine urges Ohioans to never give out their Social Security numbers or bank account information. He says no legitimate group will need that.

Other warning signs include individuals representing unfamiliar organizations outside a store; charities soliciting through text messages and emails, and groups that offer a prize in exchange for a donation.

DeWine says Ohioans can always research charities by using the attorney general’s website.

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