The first full week of March, we observe National Consumer Protection Week. While our office focuses year-round on protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs, this week in particular we remind Kansans to be diligent in keeping themselves safe.
It has become one of our traditions this week to report to you some of the most common scams our office received complaints about over the past year. This year’s report includes some old favorites of the scammers, which have reclaimed the top spots.
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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other law enforcement partners to announce the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in U.S. history.
At a news conference at the U.S. Department of Justice, the officials announced recent enforcement actions against numerous fraud schemes that have targeted senior citizens.
An estimated 145 million Americans – including an estimated 1.1 million Kansans – have been affected by the recent data breach at the Equifax credit reporting bureau. Click the link below to learn how to protect your information.
Whether you have suspicious charges on your phone bill or think you've been the victim of identity theft, the consumer protection specialists in Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office are here to help.
This Division investigates scams, mediates and prosecutes violations of the Consumer Protection Act, the No-Call Act, the Roofing Registration Act, the Charitable Organization and Solicitations Act, the Kansas False Claims Act, the Funeral and Cemetery Merchandise Agreements Act, the Kansas Cemetery Corporation Act, and the Wayne Owen Act (identity theft). Protecting Kansas consumers from scams, telemarketing fraud and other deceptive practices is a priority for our office.
We are not able to provide private legal advice and not every dispute falls under our jurisdiction. Please contact a private attorney to assist with these matters. For assistance finding a private attorney, please contact the Kansas Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service or Kansas Legal Services.
Scammers pretending to be investigators IRS threaten you with a lawsuit or arrest for back taxes you supposedly owe. They ask you to contact them right away to set up payment options.
Scammers pretend to be your grandchild or other family member in an emergency situation that requires you not to contact their parents but to wire them money right away. They provide an excuse as to why their voice sounds different, such as they were in a car accident or have a cold.
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