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Voice of the Consumer: A first — Lottery 'officials' showing up at your door

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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
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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...

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...