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CONSUMER ALERT: ‘Free’ Gift Cards Cost Your Identity

March 02, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Some shoppers across the Natural State are being targeted by con artists in an attempt to steal personal and financial information about these consumers.

Scammers are mailing fake gift cards, some for as much as $500, for …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Military Saves Week

February 24, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Financial responsibility is an important part of everyday life, especially for military service members as they prepare for a number of uncertainties, including potential deployments. The Military Saves program is a component of …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Fake IRS Calls Scam Consumers

February 17, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Scam artists are continuing to pose as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, attempting to pressure Arkansans into turning over personal information or cash. They often demand that the consumer share private information in …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Scammers Target Utility Ratepayers

February 10, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Some Arkansas homeowners and small business owners are receiving phone calls threatening to shut off utility services due to an unpaid bill, but these calls are likely another way for scam artists to take money from hard-working …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Tax Refund Fraud on the Rise

February 03, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – The Federal Trade Commission reports a 47 percent spike in identity thefts in 2015, with the biggest contributor being tax refund fraud.

Tax refund fraud occurs when a Social Security number is stolen and used to file a tax …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Digging Out From the Snow

January 27, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – The Natural State has mostly avoided the winter weather, until the most recent storm hit bringing nearly 7 inches of snow in parts of Arkansas. Both snow and ice can cause property damage to homes, businesses, vehicles, trees …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Military Tax Protections

January 20, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Active duty U.S. military service members and their families are entitled to some additional protections during tax season under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

A service member’s property cannot be seized or sold …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Nursing Home Checklist

January 13, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Moving a family member into a nursing home or assisted living facility is a big, and sometimes scary, step. Your loved one deserves respectful and safe care, and you are placing your trust in caregivers and the facility you …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Refund Anticipation Loans Could Be Costly

January 06, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – As tax season looms, Arkansans will see offers for tax refund anticipation loans or checks. These offers of immediate cash are often attractive to consumers in difficult financial situations, but the products could ultimately …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Resolving to Get Fit in 2016?

December 30, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – The holiday season is in the rearview mirror, and now it is time to put our sights on 2016 and New Year’s resolutions. Holiday meals, parties and sweets often disrupt healthy eating and fitness routines, but now is the time …   - Read More >