Consumer Corner Column

  • Consumer Corner: Check credit reports regularly for signs of fraud

    You’ve probably seen those commercials on TV – the ones offering you a free credit report or credit score. Many of these companies are trying to lure you into signing up for a credit monitoring service that is not free, but federal law does require the three major credit reporting agencies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report once a year.
  • Consumer Corner: No Call List doesn’t stop all calls

    “I’m on the Do Not Call list, so why do I keep getting these phone calls?” Unfortunately, this is one of the most common questions our office receives. While placing your number on the Do Not Call list is a great way to reduce the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls you receive at home, it’s not perfect and won’t stop the worst actors from calling you.
  • Consumer Corner: The power of a power of attorney

    For many Kansas seniors, a power of attorney is a useful tool in asking someone for help managing this important aspect of their lives. So, it’s valuable to understand the importance and significance of this powerful legal tool.
  • Consumer Corner: Protect your child from identity theft

    Identity theft remains one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation – and Kansas is no exception. Last year, for the first time, identity theft was one of the top 10 categories of complaints received by our office.
  • Consumer Corner: As storm season approaches, watch out for unregistered roofers

    Springtime is upon us in Kansas, which also means the spring storms are heading our way. Living in Kansas, the possibility of severe weather means there is also the possibility of damage occurring to our homes.
  • Consumer Corner: Watch out for these common scams

    As we recognize National Consumer Protection Week, the first week of March, our office is reminding Kansans that we’re here year-round to protect you from scams. Looking back on the past year, here are a few of the scams that were reported to our office most often during 2014. These scams are all still around – so be on alert for scammers using these tricks to get into your wallet.