Consumer Corner Column

  • Consumer Corner: Give wisely during holiday season

    By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

    The holiday season is once again upon us. As we gather with our families to give thanks for our blessings over the past year, it is also the time of year we especially think of those in need.

    Unfortunately, while there are many fine charitable organizations in our state worthy of our support, there are also scam artists who know that this is a tempting time of year to take advantage of Kansans’ giving spirit.
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  • Consumer Corner: Tech support scams aim to take over your computer, not to fix it

    In last month’s column, we mentioned a few telephone scams that involve a scammer impersonating someone to try to get into your wallet, usually by wiring them money. But, there’s another type of phone scam going on that also aims to steal your personal information and maybe even hijack your computer.
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  • Consumer Corner: Telephone imposters look to get into your wallet

    When your telephone rings, you expect the person on the other end of the line to tell you who they are and why they are calling you. But scammers are coming up with more elaborate ways of fooling you into thinking they are someone else.
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  • Consumer Corner: Protect senior citizens from financial abuse

    By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

    As we get older, we all may need some help from others. We might need help getting around town or with household chores. Often, seniors also ask for help with their finances from a trusted friend or loved one.

    Unfortunately, those who are placed in that position of trust can sometimes take advantage of that role for their own financial benefit.
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  • Consumer Corner: Add your cellphone to the No Call list

    The Do Not Call list is not perfect, but it helps reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive. Legitimate telemarketers will respect it – which means that the ones who continue to call your listed number are breaking the law, and you should have no hesitation in just hanging up on them.
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  • Consumer Corner: “One ring” scam hits phone bills with unwanted charges

    That missed-call alert on your cell phone may be from a scammer trying to ding your wallet.
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