Consumer Corner Column

  • Consumer Corner: Moving this summer? Check out your moving company before you take off

    Summer is a busy time for families to relocate. Often, this requires the assistance of a professional moving company. Most movers are legitimate and provide quality service, but a few unscrupulous operators seem to turn up at this time of the year trying to scam consumers. Whether you are a college student moving back home for the summer or a large family relocating across the country, you should expect and receive fair treatment from the company you hire to move your belongings.
  • Consumer Corner: Use caution with online auctions

    Online auction sites have become popular in recent years as a way to connect buyers and sellers from across the country and around the world. These sites can be great places to find unique items – or to help us sell things we find collecting dust in our garages during spring cleaning.

    Unfortunately, these sites can also be used by scammers offering items for sale that don’t exist.
  • 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.