Lori Swanson

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

Tue
02
Jan

Your Legal Rights: Don’t dial “1” to stop bogus calls


Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson

It can happen like this: "Ted" answers his phone. A pre-recorded voice instructs him to press "1" to stop future calls or "2" to speak with a live person. Ted presses "1" because he wants the calls to stop.

Tue
28
Nov

Your Legal Rights: Pension advance schemes


Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson

Some companies attempt to convince people to hand over some of their monthly pension payments in exchange for a short-term loan.

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. 

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