(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office has sent Senior Advocate Fraud Education (SAFE) Toolkits to more than 700 Ohio libraries. The project is funded through a grant obtained by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section.
“Nearly every day in Ohio, someone falls victim to a scam,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We know that prevention and awareness are critical. These toolkits are designed to help communities recognize the warning signs and find the resources they need to detect and avoid scams.”
The SAFE Toolkit was developed with support from the Sears Consumer Protection and Education Fund. Approximately 730 main and branch libraries throughout the state will receive three toolkits each as well as a poster to advertise where the toolkits are located.
The program is designed to help educate caregivers, social workers, older adults, and their families about fraud. Covered topics include scams targeting older adults, identity theft, and credit card fraud. The toolkit can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.
Organizations also can request a speaker from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to conduct a SAFE presentation. Continuing education credit (1.5 hours) is available for social workers.
Consumers who suspect a scam or who want to learn more should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.