Debt Collectors are Taking New Approaches to Contacting Consumers

Debt Collectors are Taking New Approaches to Contacting Consumers by Shannon GrenerDebt collectors usually contact consumers by phone or by mail, but recently debt collectors started to take new approaches to contacting consumers. Debt Collectors can now leave voicemails without making your phone ring, use voice activated computer systems to make the calls, and send graphic avatars to help you pay off your debt in an email message. Debt collectors using these new methods are still expected to…

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Watch Out For Ticket Scams This Summer

watch out for ticket scams by shannon grenerIf you have ever been the victim of a ticket scam online, then you know the disappointment and distress that comes with finding out you bought a fake ticket. In Ohio, there is a wide variety of events, festivals, concerts, and games that take place all year round that require tickets for you to attend. So, when you are purchasing tickets online it is important to make sure you are buying tickets from a credited source and not an unreliable third-party ticket scammer.

Where to buy tickets? A Primary Ticket Market

Primary ticket markets include box offices, venue websites, and credited websites such as TicketMaster and LiveNation. TicketMaster and LiveNation are credited websites because they work directly with venues, musicians, and sport teams.

Buying tickets from a primary ticket market is the best way to avoid buying fake tickets. Sometimes there are extra fees when buying tickets through a primary ticket market, but it is the best way to ensure your ticket is real.

How to avoid a ticket scam from a Secondary Ticket Market?

A secondary ticket market is a distributor that buys tickets from a primary ticket market and then resells the tickets. Many secondary ticket markets are online through free classified ad websites like craigslist. Some ticket scammers will even scam you in person at the event or venue or with a fake website. Here are some tips to help you avoid being the victim of a ticket scam:

  1. Ask to see the tickets and a receipt. Check the tickets for important information such as a row, seat, and general admission or VIP. A ticket scammer may forget to put important information on a fake ticket.

 

  1. If paying for the ticket online, look for a closed padlock symbol near the url before making a payment. A closed padlock means the site is encrypted to make payments. An encrypted site also protects your personal banking information from being stolen. If you do make a payment online for a fake ticket you may be able to get some of your money back depending on the liability of the debit or credit card you used.

 

  1. If it has been confirmed that the show is sold out, do not buy tickets from a website claiming to still have tickets. Ticket scammers will make fake websites and try to sell tickets to sold out shows. Sometimes ticket scammers will even try to sell tickets online before real tickets have gone on sale. You can check event and venue websites to learn about when tickets are going on sale. Often times these sites will also inform you if an event is sold out. If you do decide to purchase a ticket from an online secondary ticket market, check the website for an address and phone number and then verify the address. Make sure the address listed is a real place.

 

  1. On the day of the event if you buy a ticket from a person outside the venue, ask the seller to go with you to check into the event. Do not just hand over cash and head for the entrance once you get the ticket. If the scammer sold you fake tickets, chances are they are not standing outside the venue anymore.

 

How to Cancel your Match or EHarmony Contract in Ohio Without Playing the Cancellation Game

 How to Cancel your Match or EHarmony Contract in Ohio Without Playing the Cancellation Game by shannon grenerThe promise to cancel a contract should be just as promising as finding love online. Many online dating services require customers to sign a contract, pay monthly fees, enroll in automatic payment, and register for a membership plan that lasts anywhere from a couple months to a year. When the membership expires, online dating contracts are typically conveniently and automatically renewed by the company. But automatic renewal is not very convenient for…

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What is Ohio Protects?

What is Ohio Protects? by Shannon Grener

OhioProtects.org is where you can report scams, ID theft, fraud, and file a complaint about a service or business in Ohio. By reporting a scam, ID theft, or filing a complaint you may help other consumers from being taken advantage of by a business in Ohio. You can also find valuable information for consumers in Ohio regarding phone scams such as…

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6 Key Provisions You Should Look for in Your Business Contracts Before Signing

6 Key Provisions You Should Look for in Your Business Contracts Before Signing by shannon grenerGetting asked to review and sign a contract is just as exciting as getting asked to read the index of your favorite encyclopedia. If you are like most of us, then you probably have no idea where to begin reading and probably end up skimming rather than reading. The consumer lawyers at Doucet & Associates Co LPA have experience helping consumers cancel contracts when they are trapped in a renewing contract…

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Are you struggling to pay for your legal help?

 Are you struggling to pay for your legal help? by shannon grenerThere are many legal services in Ohio that help people with little or no income. There are pro bono attorneys, organizations where lawyers volunteer their time and services, and legal student services that you could use for a discounted rate or free. Many of our lawyers at Doucet & Associates have spent time volunteering their services with legal associations and…

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Are you a business owner? Make sure you don’t violate these contract provisions

 Are you a business owner? Make sure you don’t violate these contract provisions by shannon grenerDrafting contracts can be a tedious and difficult process for experienced and new small business owners. The lawyers at Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. have experience helping small business owners draft business and operation contracts to help prevent future lawsuits. We also offer a free video seminar online about contract drafting that you can…

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