Lori Swanson

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

Mon
30
Oct

Your Legal Rights: Reporting abuse of vulnerable adults


Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson

In southern Minnesota, a woman who was previously suspended from the practice of law was appointed as a guardian for dozens of vulnerable adults.

Fri
22
Sep

Your Legal Rights: What to do in response to the Equifax Data Breach


Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson

Equifax, a major national credit bureau, recently announced a massive data breach affecting 143 million consumers nationwide.

Fri
25
Aug

Your Legal Rights: beware of internet escrow scams


Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson

Buying and selling items online has become more common in recent years. Annually, people post millions of items for sale on online classified websites, and exchange billions of dollars via online payment services to purchase them.

Mon
24
Jul

Your Legal Rights: Internet and television service bait and switch


Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson

Most people want the best rate they can get for internet or cable television or satellite television service. Some providers offer aggressive promotions that claim to save you money.

Tue
18
Jul

Your Legal Rights: Three-Day Cooling-Off law for contracts


Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson

Consumers enter into contracts for a variety of products and services.  Some consumers mistakenly believe they have a legal right to cancel any contract within a three-day “cooling-off” period.  However, most contracts do not provide for a “coolin

Sun
29
Jan

Your Legal Rights: How to Spot Malicious Emails

Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

Spammers send out billions of spam messages every day. These messages often get flagged by spam filters, and many users routinely discard these annoying messages on a regular basis. Malicious emails can still get by even the most advanced spam filter systems, however. It is these malicious emails that you should be concerned about. 

Wed
21
Dec

Your Legal Rights: ATM and Gas Pump Skimmers

Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

ICriminals are constantly using new types of technology in order to steal consumers’ credit and debit card information. It is important that consumers are aware of these methods so that they can better protect their money and credit. Recently, criminals are attaching credit or debit card readers, known as “skimmers,” to ATMs and gas pumps. 

Sun
27
Nov

Your Legal Rights: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

In 2014, 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft, including an increasing number of tax-related theft. In 2015, 781 recorded data breaches exposed 169,068,506 records. 

ID theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s information for fraud. Taking steps to protect your identity can reduce your risk of becoming a victim. 

Sun
23
Oct

Your Legal Rights: Paying with “Plastic”

Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

When you pay for services or merchandise with “plastic” (credit or debit cards), you have certain legal rights if your card is lost or stolen, if unauthorized charges are made to your card, or if you are charged for goods or services that were never delivered to you or were damaged or defective on delivery.

Sun
21
Aug

Beware of “Spear Phishing”

Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

In the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” everybody knows what “fishing” is, and many people are also familiar with “phishing” scams. “Phishing” occurs when a criminal sends an email impersonating a financial institution, government agency, or reputable company and asks the recipient to verify their personal or financial information. Today’s scam artists have now turned to a more sophisticated, targeted, and profitable version of the scam, known as “spear phishing.” 

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