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Voice of the Consumer: FBI issues warning about 'kidnapping scam'

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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
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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...

Voice of the Consumer: Wire transfer text just another way to get your money
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Sep 24, 2017

We want to warn you about how scammers continue to trick us in different ways. A viewer named Tom reached out to us about a recent scam. Tom got a...

Voice of the Consumer: Out-of-state driver's license hold creates a tangle not easily resolved
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Sep 17, 2017

A former local police officer couldn't renew his driver's license because of a hold from a state that he's never been to before. Apparently, a man...

Voice of the Consumer: Getting the most bang for the buck with hurricane donations
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Sep 10, 2017

I know a lot of us want to help the victims of the recent hurricanes, and we have ways to make your dollar go further. I reached out to a trusted,...

Voice of the Consumer: If alarm bells are going off, 11 Call for Action can help
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Mon, Sep 4, 2017

Scammers are forceful and tricky, but remember to pause what you're doing before giving in to their demands. Doing that saved a local couple several...

Voice of the Consumer: Don't let emotions cloud judgment when 'relative' calls asking for money
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Aug 27, 2017

I want to warn you about a familiar scam that's making the rounds again. The Pueblo Police Department sent out a warning about a phone scam they have...

Voice of the Consumer: Enjoy the eclipse, but do it safely with approved eyewear
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The solar eclipse is on the horizon and you will need special glasses to protect your eyes if you plan on watching it. The problem is, there's some...

Voice of the Consumer: Phishing scam targets new home buyers
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Aug 13, 2017

If you're buying a new home this summer, you will want to be aware of a scam that's going around. This one is a phishing scam that targets your down...

Voice of the Consumer: Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding unneeded documents
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Aug 6, 2017

Protecting your identity is one of the best ways to avoid being the victim of identity theft. This week, you can safely get rid of your sensitive...

Voice of the Consumer: Don't cave in to demands for payment for unordered merchandise
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Jul 30, 2017

This week, I want to warn you about a really tricky new scam that popped up in our area. The Colorado Springs Police Department said a senior citizen...

Voice of the Consumer: Scam victim paid thousands to ransom computer
By: Katie Pelton - 0 Sun, Jul 23, 2017

One man purchased dozens of gift cards thinking he was paying to fix his computer, but it turns out he lost thousands of dollars to a scam.

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Voice of the Consumer: Thanks for your support, and, remember, protect yourselves
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jul 9, 2017

I know that crooks are copycats who often duplicate the methods of other bad guys, but I didn't realize just how many of them there are! You would...

Voice of the Consumer: Columnist retiring but consumers will still have a voice
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jul 2, 2017

I always pride myself on not wasting time and getting right to the point so it is with mixed emotions that I let you know that I'm retiring. I'm...