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Voice of the Consumer: Scammers getting more brazen with threatening email

Voice of the Consumer: Facebook making it easier to tighten privacy settings
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Apr 1, 2018

Facebook is making some major changes to its privacy settings. Now is a good time to look over your social media accounts and check all of your...

Voice of the Consumer: Not everyone is who they say they are on social media
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Millions of people use Facebook every day to connect with family and friends. The problem is scammers use social media every day, too. You want to...

Voice of the Consumer: No one is safe from fraud - not even the experts
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Tue, Mar 13, 2018

This week, things got personal. Crooks tried to drain my bank account in a matter of minutes. I want to share my story with you about how it happened...

Voice of the Consumer: Scammers posing as IRS scared woman into paying hundreds of dollars
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Mon, Mar 5, 2018

Right now scammers are out in full force calling people claiming you owe money to the IRS. It's no coincidence the scam calls are picking up now that...

Voice of the Consumer: Tax season is prime time for IRS scam, ID theft
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Feb 18, 2018

It's that time of year again, tax filing season. In just a one-month time span, Coloradans lost $1 million to scammers claiming to work for the IRS....

Voice of the Consumer: 'Hit man' offered to reveal who hired him for payoff
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Jan 28, 2018

I hear about scams all the time, but this one really caught my eye because it is so shocking. A woman got an email from a scammer saying he was hired...

Voice of the Consumer: Warning bells over check saved roofer from being scammed
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Jan 21, 2018

If you are buying or selling something, make sure you're dealing with a legitimate party. A local contractor reached out to me recently because he...

Voice of the Consumer: Video explains how to spot a scam
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Every week I hear from dozens of readers like you who ask me if something sounds like a scam. Some people pass along emails or voicemails and my...

Voice of the Consumer: Deadline approaches for scam victims to claim share of $586M Western Union settlement
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Jan 7, 2018

The biggest news on the consumer front lately is that Western Union is paying back scam victims. Right now, many of you may be filing a claim to try...

Voice of the Consumer: Stay ahead of scams in 2018
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Dec 31, 2017

It's not hard to think of more than 11 scams you have received in the past year, whether they are phony emails or phone calls. Unfortunately, I'm...