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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...

Voice of the Consumer: Scam victims need to act fast to recover money
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Dec 17, 2017

If you wired money to scammers over the last decade, you can get your money back but you need to act fast. Western Union has been ordered to pay back...

Voice of the Consumer: If online seller demands payment in gift cards, it's a scam
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Dec 10, 2017

In the past week, our 11 Call for Action team has heard from a couple of viewers who lost thousands of dollars to a new scam. I hadn't heard of this...

Voice of the Consumer: Crooks give jury duty scam a new twist
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Mon, Dec 4, 2017

There's another twist to the jury duty scam and the crooks are preying on our sense of fear. One of my coworkers got a voicemail claiming he missed a...

Voice of the Consumer: Western Union admits aiding scams, reimbursing scam
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Nov 19, 2017

If you have been the victim of a scam over the past decade or more and wired the scammers money, you could get your money back. Western Union has...

Voice of the Consumer: Email appearing to come from Netflix is really a phishing scam
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Nov 12, 2017

If you're like me, I get spam email every day and I have to be vigilant when I'm checking my mailbox. I sort through the real messages and delete the...

Voice of the Consumer: Don't fall for scammers impersonating state agencies
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Scammers keep changing their storyline in an effort to get a hold of your personal information. A viewer reached out to our 11 Call for Action team...

Voice of the Consumer: FBI issues warning about 'kidnapping scam'
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Federal investigators are warning about an increase in fake kidnapping calls. The scammers call, say they have your loved one and demand money to...

Voice of the Consumer: Clerk's suspicions raised by gift card purchase
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Scams are so widespread now, some businesses are training their employees to watch out for red flags. The goal is to save customers from becoming a...

Voice of the Consumer: Majority of online pet sites are frauds
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Oct 8, 2017

A lot of people turn to the internet to look for a new pet. However, experts say if you try to purchase a pet online, there's a good chance you'll...

Voice of the Consumer: Free offers can be anything but a bargain
By: - 0 Sun, Oct 1, 2017

Whether it's over the phone, through a text message, or an old fashion letter that comes in the mail, we have to be on the lookout for questionable...