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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 >

CONSUMER ALERT: Don’t Let Returns Make For a Blue Christmas

December 23, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Finding the perfect gifts for family and friends can be an overwhelming task, and sometimes no matter how much thought is put into gifts, the recipient needs to return or exchange it. When this happens, consumers need to know …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Are You Giving Gift Cards This Year?

December 16, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Gift cards can make great gifts for friends and family. Gift cards allow the recipient to go to favorite restaurants or stores and purchase an item or items at no charge to them.

Arkansas’s Fair Gift Card Act, along with …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Car Financing Tips for Service Members

December 09, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reports that military service members often become targets of scammers when purchasing or financing a vehicle, including paying money to a scammer posing as a lender who takes …   - Read More >

CONSUMER ALERT: Securely Surf and Shop Online

December 02, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – The holiday shopping season is underway, with retailers competing to provide the best deals and lowest prices to Arkansans. Many consumers are taking advantage of deals that an increasing number of retailers are offering online. …   - Read More >