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Voice of the Consumer: Do your homework before donating to a cause

By: - 0 - Sun, Apr 23, 2017

We all want to do our part and help those nonprofits important to us, but it's really important to make sure your donated dollars are going to the right place.

For example, I talked to Trooper Josh Lewis recently about calls supposedly being...

Voice of the Consumer: Message or text from Microsoft is no such thing, it's fraud
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Apr 16, 2017

No double about it. Seniors who use the internet are under fire. They're being targeted by crooks who believe they have the tools necessary to empty...

Voice of the Consumer: Change in IRS debt collection raises fears of more scams
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Apr 9, 2017

Just when we were all on the same page about Internal Revenue Service debt collection, the rules have changed! I'm talking about a new federal law...

Voice of the Consumer: Blue screen of death nothing more than another scam
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Apr 2, 2017

Imagine, you're working from home on your computer when you accidentally click on an unfamiliar link. Bam! Suddenly your computer screen displays a...

Secret code, phone call can shut down grandparent scam
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Mar 26, 2017

If you're a grandparent, please take a moment and reach out to your older grandchildren and come up with a secret code. One that only you and they...

Voice of the Consumer: Register for annual free shredding and Letter Rip without the long wait
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Mar 12, 2017

A lot of you have been asking when the next document shredding event called Letter Rip will be held. I'm happy to report it's coming up soon and this...

Voice of the Consumer: Don't let IRS scammers panic you - think before you act
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Mar 5, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to answer the telephone, the crooks have cranked up the volume again. Yes, the dreaded IRS scam has been revived...

Voice of the Consumer: Don't fall for 'Billy' with Social Security's spiel
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Lately I've heard from a half a dozen people who have gotten phone calls from "Billy with Social Security." Even though the number has a 719 area...

Voice of the Consumer: Pornographic image on computer triggers tech support scam
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Just when you thought the creeps couldn't stoop any lower, now they're actually downloading a pornographic image onto your computer screen to get to...

Voice of the Consumer: No mystery behind secret shopper scam - crooks want your money
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Mon, Feb 13, 2017

A Colorado Springs woman was excited and intrigued when she received an email, asking her to become a mystery shopper. Patsy tells me she used to...

Voice of the Consumer: 'Can you hear me?' Don't be so quick to answer yes
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Mon, Feb 6, 2017

Don't be surprised if you get a telephone call from a robotic voice asking, "Can you hear me?"

The calls have been sweeping the U.S. and I've...

Voice of the Consumer: When bad guys call about health insurance, hang up
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jan 22, 2017

Here's yet another reason NOT to answer the telephone unless you recognize the number. Crooks are busy this month stirring up confusion over health...

Voice of the Consumer: Jury duty scam resurfaces to terrify elderly woman
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Anytime crooks are able to pocket a lot of money by cooking up a good scheme, they revisit it, hoping to score even more dough. That's happening now...

Voice of the Consumer: Death is no protection against ID theft
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jan 8, 2017

Lately I've heard from a couple of seniors who have lost spouses and then had their grief compounded by crooks stealing or trying to steal their...