Consumer Corner Column

  • 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.
  • Consumer Corner: Don’t get fooled through online dating scams

    The list of daily tasks we now accomplish through our computers is ever growing. We use the Internet – whether it’s on our home computers or cell phones – to bank, shop and network with friends.
  • Consumer Corner: Resolve to protect yourself from ID theft in the new year

    As the new year arrives, it is the time that many of us will sit down and set a few goals and resolutions for ourselves. One of those resolutions should be to take some simple steps to protect yourself from identity theft.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.