Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has offered tips for consumers to reduce their risk of identity theft following last week’s announcement by Equifax of a data breach affecting some 143 million U.S consumers.
Schmidt said an investigation of the breach is underway but is likely to be a lengthy process.
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Our office always sees a spike in complaints about salespeople at the door during the summer months. Many different products and services are sold door-to-door, but in particular, home improvement services are much more prevalent during the summer.
Kansas law offers consumers a number of rights when it comes to transactions made at your doorstep.
The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division returned more than $16 million to consumers and taxpayers last year.
In its annual report filed with the governor and Kansas Legislature, Schmidt’s office reported $16.8 million in savings and recoveries to Kansas consumers and the state treasury in calendar year 2016. During Schmidt’s administration, the division has recovered a total of more than $146 million, by far the most in state history.
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Whether you have suspicious charges on your phone bill or think you've been the victim of identity theft, the consumer protection specialists in Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office are here to help.
This Division investigates scams, mediates and prosecutes violations of the Consumer Protection Act, the No-Call Act, the Roofing Registration Act, the Charitable Organization and Solicitations Act, the Kansas False Claims Act, the Funeral and Cemetery Merchandise Agreements Act, the Kansas Cemetery Corporation Act, and the Wayne Owen Act (identity theft). Protecting Kansas consumers from scams, telemarketing fraud and other deceptive practices is a priority for our office.
We are not able to provide private legal advice and not every dispute falls under our jurisdiction. Please contact a private attorney to assist with these matters. For assistance finding a private attorney, please contact the Kansas Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service or Kansas Legal Services.
Scammers pretending to be investigators IRS threaten you with a lawsuit or arrest for back taxes you supposedly owe. They ask you to contact them right away to set up payment options.
Scammers pretend to be your grandchild or other family member in an emergency situation that requires you not to contact their parents but to wire them money right away. They provide an excuse as to why their voice sounds different, such as they were in a car accident or have a cold.
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