by Melissa Brunner
We'd all like to think we'd be able to spot a scam, but crooks can be clever! Even in today's skeptical society, we still want to believe people are generally honest. Sadly, scammers are out there and they're finding new ways to make us victims.
During Consumer Protection Week, the Kansas Attorney General's reminds us to take steps to protect ourselves. Identity theft is a big concern - protect your personal information and shred your documents! Free shredding will be offered from 2 to 4 pm Friday at the Topeka and Shawnee Co. Public Library.
Besides identity theft, Consumer Reports posted an article on Yahoo! on the top scams reported to the National Consumers League. Top on their list - merchandise fraud. It's those great deals you might find online, only to get a call trying to get you to buy high-priced, fancy extras and, when you don't, telling you that great deal is sold out. Closely related to that are great deals that you can only get if you tack on extras, which may or may not be such great deals.
Check out the full list here so you can be alert: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Watch-out-for-these-10-common-conreps-2547384450.html?x=0. And if you think you've been scammed, you can file a consumer protection complaint with the KS Attorney General at this link: http://www.ksag.org/page/file-a-consumer-complaint.