Several Ohioans have reported losing thousands of dollars to the scam in recent weeks.
Scams target businesses, charities and online sellers.
Ohio and 19 states file antitrust lawsuit against companies.
Attorney general offers consumer tips for avoiding identity theft.
State investigators have uncovered a scheme where the identities of prison inmates were stolen to fraudulently apply for and receive $422,523 in student college loans.
Several consumers have reported losing hundreds of dollars trying to buy a puppy online in recent weeks.
House Bill 48 also would allow universities to adopt policies permitting people to carry concealed handguns on campus.
Shopping opportunities include Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.
Amid alarming rise in excavation-related deaths, agency calls industry to action.
Civil rights groups urge federal government not to hold immigrants in Ohio prison for profit.
Proposed penalties total $307,824.
Company to pay $1 million to the 15 participating attorneys general.
Company advertises online and through the mail; state files lawsuit in Richland County.
Ohio will receive $1.47 million from the settlement.
DeWine: “We won’t tolerate people deceiving consumers and ignoring their obligations under the law.”