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Consumer scams video contest offers scholarships

Sep. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

COLUMBUS -- Ohio high school students are invited to compete for college scholarships and help educate consumers about fraud and scams in the 2012 Take Action High School Video Contest, sponsored by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

"Consumer scams continue to plague Ohioans of all ages," DeWine said in a press release. "This contest gives high school students a chance to educate Ohioans and their peers about scams while demonstrating their creativity and talent."

Ohio high school students may submit a 60-second video on the importance of being aware of and avoiding various consumer scams. Entries may come from individuals or teams of two students. Videos must be submitted by Dec. 14, and the winners will be announced in early 2013.

In their videos, students must encourage their peers to be savvy consumers and avoid scams using one of the following topics:

Ways to avoid a scam

Prizes/sweepstakes scams

Online marketplace scams

Grandparent scams

Scholarship/grant scams

The top three winning individuals or teams will receive college scholarships of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively.

The winners also will have an opportunity to be featured on the Attorney General's website.

Last year's winner, "The 3Rs of Internet Fraud," can be viewed on that website.

For more information, official rules and eligibility requirements, or to submit a video, visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/TakeActionContest.