Ohio attorney general offers safety shopping tips - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Ohio attorney general offers safety shopping tips

Posted: Updated:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's attorney general has suggested tips to help keep shoppers safe from scams and thefts during the holiday season.

A release from Attorney General Mike DeWine advises shoppers to avoid distractions such as cellphones while walking to their cars and to park in well-lit areas.

Ohioans also should be aware of strangers approaching them for any reason. DeWine says con artists may try to distract shoppers in order to take their money or belongings.

The attorney general also urges online safety precautions.

Online shoppers should check a website's reputation before making a purchase by looking for complaints filed with the attorney general and the Better Business Bureau. A basic Internet search also can be done using the website's name and the word "scam" to look for potential red flags.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Governor to help kick off 161st Ohio State Fair

    Governor to help kick off 161st Ohio State Fair

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:55:35 GMT
    It's time for the Ohio State Fair.More >>
    It's time for the Ohio State Fair.
    More >>
  • Boy, 15, arrested in Ohio teen girl's slaying

    Boy, 15, arrested in Ohio teen girl's slaying

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:45:06 GMT
    Police in Columbus say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl.More >>
    Police in Columbus say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl.
    More >>
  • Ohio man accused of killing mom, living with body

    Ohio man accused of killing mom, living with body

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:41:54 GMT
    Prosecutors in northeast Ohio say a 33-year-old man stabbed his mother to death then lived in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.More >>
    Prosecutors in northeast Ohio say a 33-year-old man stabbed his mother to death then lived in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms