Consumer Corner Column

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Consumer Corner: Top scams of 2013

    The first week of March marks National Consumer Protection Week. While our office makes educating and protecting Kansas consumers a priority year-round, we take this week as an opportunity to draw Kansans’ attention to ways they can protect themselves from scams and how our office can help if they’ve become a victim. To help you watch out for some of these scams, we’re sharing our top five most-common complaints from 2013.
  • Consumer Corner: Security freezes provide extra layer of protection against ID theft

    Recent high-profile data breaches by large retail chains have many Kansas consumers on alert for identity theft. It's important to check your bank and credit card statements every month for suspicious charges. However, another option to guard personal information is to put a security freeze on your credit report.

    What should I do if my data is breached?
    How do I get a security freeze?

  • Consumer Corner: Protect yourself from scams during the season of giving

    The time of year is once again upon us when Kansas families will gather together to give thanks for their blessings of the past year and celebrate the holiday season. This is also the time of year when people are feeling the most generous, and charitable organizations are making requests for assistance to help those in need.

    While there are many great causes to support, there are also scam artists out there who pose as legitimate charities looking to make a buck off of Kansans’ generosity.