Consumer Corner Column

  • Consumer Corner: Tax filing season brings threat of identity theft

    Identity thieves are constantly looking for new ways to separate you from your hard-earned money.

    You may know about the typical identity theft scheme that might involve someone stealing your credit card and racking-up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges. But with income tax filing season upon us, we are seeing a new type of identity theft.
  • Consumer Corner: Don’t fall for email scams

    Email messages have become an important part of our daily routines, making communication easier and faster in both our personal and professional lives. But not all email messages are what they appear to be. Scammers are out to make a quick buck by distributing emails in which the sender purports to be someone known to the recipient and is asking for money to be sent to them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Consumer Corner: Don’t let debt services dig you deeper in the hole

  • 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.