​​Consumer Alerts | Got Your Back, Arkansas

Consumer Alerts

Sign Up to Receive Consumer Alerts and other news via Email



  • Consumer Alert: First-Time Renter
  • July 29, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – As summer winds down and young adults turn their attention back to school or work, many are deciding where to live. College students are making plans to move to their college or university and weighing their housing options of living in a dorm or renting, while others are looking for...

  • Consumer Alert: No Big Payouts in the International Lottery
  • July 22, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – International scammers are once again turning to Arkansas to make some extra money by telling Arkansans they have won money in an international lottery. These con artists contact Arkansas consumers through direct mail, email or a phone call requesting a small fee in order to process...

  • Consumer Alert: Don’t be Scammed by your ‘Favorite Grandson’
  • July 15, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Scammers are reviving an old ploy to swindle the elderly out of their money. The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office Public Protection Department has recently seen an uptick in reports of the “favorite grandson” scam.

    These con artists prey on the elderly by calling and identifying...

  • Consumer Alert: Military Consumer Protection Day
  • July 08, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Military service members, veterans and their families are often subject to unfair, deceptive or abusive financial practices. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began collecting data specific to military personnel and their families in 2011 and reports approximately 29,500...

  • Consumer Alert: Plan a Safe July 4
  • July 01, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK - Since 1776, Americans have celebrated Independence Day with festivities ranging from barbecues and parades to concerts and fireworks. These traditions are great opportunities for family and friends to gather and celebrate the holiday. President John Adams once declared that...

  • Consumer Alert: Avoiding Vacation Scams
  • June 24, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – School is out for the summer, and many Arkansans are taking vacations. These trips can be great for relaxation and fun, but consumers should take precautions to protect themselves from scams and con artists. 

    Michigan-based financial advisor, Rick Bloom, wrote in an op-ed piece last...

  • Consumer Alert: Boating Safety
  • June 16, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans are looking for ways to cool down during the long summer days. Many will head to one of the State’s beautiful lakes or rivers. With more than 200,000 boats registered statewide according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, many residents spend a lot of time boating to...

  • Consumer Alert: Stay Safe in the Water
  • June 08, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Pools are opening for the summer, and families are heading to lakes and beaches to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. All of this means more people will be spending hot summer days in and around the water.

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert...

  • Consumer Alert: Make Sure a Scam Does Not Ruin Your Wedding
  • May 28, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Summer weddings are common in Arkansas, and brides and grooms are currently making final preparations. However, couples need to take proper precautions to avoid having their big day turn into a big pay day for con artists posing as vendors.

    Reports of these types of scams have...

  • Consumer Alert: Car Sellers Beware
  • May 22, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Reports are increasing of a scam targeting the private, online sale of vehicles. The National Insurance Crime Bureau is warning consumers of a scheme targeting people selling vehicles on the popular online marketplace, Craigslist. Law enforcement has reported nearly 100 instances of a...

  • Consumer Alert: Don’t Get Over Your Head in Flood Damage
  • May 15, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Weekend storms and heavy rainfall caused damage and destruction across Arkansas. An EF2 tornado touched down in Nashville Sunday night killing two and destroying structures in its path. Meanwhile, high water is creating another set of problems for some Arkansans, with more rain set to...

  • Consumer Alert: Your Identity is Stolen. Now What?
  • May 07, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Identity thieves can hit at any time, wrecking your financial integrity. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network, nearly 2,500 Arkansans filed ID theft complaints in 2014, ranking the Natural State 15th in victims of identity theft.

    Arkansas...

  • CONSUMER ALERT: Be Cautious When Helping With International Disasters
  • April 30, 2015

  • LITTLE ROCK –  A recent report in AtlasofGiving.com ranks Arkansas as one of the top 10 states for charitable giving in 2014, and many Arkansans will continue that trend by helping those in Nepal who are suffering in the aftermath of last Saturday’s devastating earthquake.
     
    Arkansas Attorney...

  • CONSUMER ALERT: Disposing of Unused or Expired Prescription Medications
  • April 23, 2015


  • LITTLE ROCK – Many Arkansans have unused or expired prescription medications because they are unsure of how to properly dispose of them.
    Common disposal mistakes include flushing medication down the toilet, crushing pills or throwing them in the trash. All of these methods pose serious health and...

  • CONSUMER ALERT: Be Responsible
  • April 17, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – In an effort to keep our communities safe, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging those who consume alcohol to do it responsibly. April is Alcohol Responsibility Awareness Month. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is asking everyone to learn more...

  • CONSUMER ALERT: Don’t Let a Lemon Leave a Sour Taste
  • April 10, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’s Lemon Law provides a safety net for some purchasers whose vehicles have recurring problems. Any vehicle less than two years old or which has less than 24,000 miles is covered under the State's Lemon Law. Any recurring problem, including defects that impair the use, value or...

  • CONSUMER ALERT: Hail Storm Could Come Twice
  • April 02, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Spring is officially here, but with the milder temperatures comes the increased possibility of severe weather. Arkansans know all too well the damage that can occur from tornados, sudden downpours, lightning and hail.

    Just this week, several storm systems passed through the Natural...

  • CONSUMER ALERT: It is the Attorney General Calling…or is it?
  • March 26, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – Unsolicited telephone calls can be annoying to Arkansas consumers, especially if the calls are from a business or marketing company trying to sell products or services that consumers do not want or need.

    But what about when the telephone rings and it appears to be someone calling...

  • CONSUMER ALERT: What does the FOIA mean for you?
  • March 19, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – As taxpayers who support governmental entities, Arkansans have a right to review an array of records at every level of government – state and local – and to attend the meetings of policy makers and private organizations that receive public funds and are intertwined with government.

    ...
  • CONSUMER ALERT: Avoid Getting Swept Away in Fake Sweepstakes
  • March 11, 2015
  • LITTLE ROCK – A consumer answers their phone and a stranger immediately says, “Congratulations, you are a winner.” Over the past several weeks, reports of these types of calls have increased. Arkansans are being targeted by con artists posing as representatives of sweepstakes companies promising...

Attorney General

The Consumer Protection Division of the Arkansas Attorney General's Office is here to help you obtain a successful resolution to your consumer complaints.