Consumer Corner Column

  • Holiday Generosity: Give Wisely

    Thousands of charitable organizations are registered in Kansas, and many of them rely on the generosity of Kansans during the holiday season.

    Legitimate charities engage in a wide variety of important work that helps our communities stay vibrant and strong. Unfortunately, there are also scammers out there who may appear to be non-profit organizations but whose real purpose is to take advantage of your generosity.
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  • Consumer Corner: Surf safely and click carefully

    With just a few clicks on the Internet, you can pay your bills, order dinner, make vacation plans or secure a loan. As the holiday season approaches, many of us will be shopping from retailers worldwide and having their products shipped right to our front door. But with this cyber-convenience comes the responsibility to protect ourselves and our families from hackers who are looking to steal personal and financial information.
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  • Consumer Corner: Don’t let debt services dig you deeper in the hole

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  • Consumer Corner: Spotting that Sweepstakes Scam

    My office receives calls and complaints from consumers who have been told they have won a prize such as cash, or a cruise, television or electronic device. These folks have been surprised to learn this because they do not recall entering the sweepstakes. Sadly, they are likely being scammed. If you receive a letter, email or phone call saying you’ve won, be cautious. Scammers often use the lure of prizes to steal your money and your personal financial information.
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  • Consumer Corner: Be cautious of door-to-door sales

    This time of year, our office receives many complaints from consumers regarding door-to-door sales. Lately, we’ve seen an increase in these complaints, especially those regarding the sale of meat and security systems. So, here are a few tips to help keep you safe from high-pressure sales, which may even be outright scams.
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  • Consumer Corner: Keep your home safe while you’re away

    Take steps to keep you most valuable asset – your home – safe while you are on vacation.
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