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Voice of the Consumer: Phishing scam targets new home buyers

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.


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...

Voice of the Consumer: A first — Lottery 'officials' showing up at your door
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jun 25, 2017

It's a first! I've never seen a lottery scam play out like this before. That's why I want to share it with you. First, I want to thank Jim of...

Voice of the Consumer: Despicable con preys on owners of missing pets, sanctuary
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jun 18, 2017

If you lose your four-legged friend, you typically look around your neighborhood first and then try to find him or her by reaching out to your local...

Voice of the Consumer: Southern Colorado Lantern Fest promoter keeping ticket holders in the dark
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jun 11, 2017

An event designed to bring together thousands of people to magically light up the night sky, has been canceled not once, but twice. Now, promises for...

Voice of the Consumer: Amazon scam entices the unwary
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Jun 4, 2017

The numbers are staggering. Amazon, the online giant, is big and only getting bigger. In fact, as of February 2017, the company said it had 300...

Voice of the Consumer: Be prepared to deal with disasters
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, May 28, 2017

When it comes to disasters in your home, preparation is the key. If you are afraid of being caught off-guard during an emergency, get your ducks in a...

Voice of the Consumer: Be careful where you click when surfing or shopping online
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, May 21, 2017

A strange thing happened when a Colorado Springs woman was in the process of buying a facial cream online. She immediately got two phone calls. The...

Voice of the Consumer: U.S. Marshals Service doesn't check up on jurors
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, May 7, 2017

I have to admit these guys have done their homework on this scam, but they can't escape our crafty crook radar! I recently heard from Peggy of...

Voice of the Consumer: Publishers Clearing House will never call, period
By: Betty Sexton - 0 Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Recently I've heard from about a dozen seniors who were all told they are big Publishers Clearing House (PCH) winners. Isn't it remarkable that so...

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...