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CONSUMER ALERT: LEARN MORE ABOUT LANDLORD-TENANT LAWS

August 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Young Arkansas consumers settling into their first apartments and the landlords who rented to them both have responsibilities and protections under Arkansas law. The same goes for the nearly one-third of Arkansans who choose to rent rather than own a home and their landlords. The topic of landlord and tenant rights is…

CONSUMER ALERT: READ REVIEWS, DEVELOPER DETAILS BEFORE DOWNLOADING APPS

August 13, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Nowadays consumers use their phones for just about everything, from ordering a pizza to finding their way around town. Software applications known as “apps” give users the ability to shop, play games or check the weather forecast with ease. More than two-thirds of Americans now own a smart phone, and new mobile apps…

CONSUMER ALERT: CREDIT CARD TIPS FOR STUDENTS

August 6, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – As the summer draws to a close, Arkansas college students prepare to manage expenses including tuition, textbooks and housing. For many students, signing up for a credit card may seem like a simple solution for making ends meet. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert today encouraging young consumers to practice…

CONSUMER ALERT: ADVICE FOR REFUSING UNWANTED SOLICITORS

July 30, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Sometimes, it’s hard to say “no” when a salesman knocks on your door or when a telemarketer calls during dinner. And sometimes, aggressive solicitors won’t take no for an answer. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and his Consumer Protection Division want to give Arkansans helpful tips for effectively refusing overly forceful solicitations. McDaniel…

CONSUMER ALERT: SCAMS INVOLVING MONEYPAK CARDS BECOMING MORE COMMON

July 23, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – The only things between a criminal and someone else’s money are a 14-digit number and a good lie, as too many Arkansans are learning. Criminals are increasingly turning to items such as Green Dot MoneyPak cards as a means to steal. Criminals trick consumers into believing that sweepstakes winnings await, that they…

CONSUMER ALERT: SCHOOL CALENDAR LAW HELPS PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES

July 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – We spend our Friday nights in the fall cheering for teams like the Wildcats or the Bulldogs, not the Con Artists or the Profiteers. Yet, out-of-state scammers may seek out money intended to support our hometown athletic teams in order to line their own pockets instead. The Attorney General’s Office commonly hears…

CONSUMER ALERT: MILITARY CONSUMER PROTECTION DAY SET FOR JULY 16

July 9, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Members of the military face unique challenges such as frequent relocation or deployment overseas, and those challenges can make them more of a target for scams and fraud. Because of that, consumer protection agencies from across the country have joined to promote Military Consumer Protection Day, an annual observance that focuses specifically…

CONSUMER ALERT: KNOW MORE ABOUT VEHICLE RECALLS

July 2, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Motorists depend on reliable and safe vehicles to get them where they are going, so a recent wave of vehicle recalls may lead to questions about the recall process or the safety of certain automobiles. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) may order recalls of vehicles that have safety-related defects…

CONSUMER ALERT: PUT SAFETY FIRST ON JULY 4TH

June 25, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Fireworks have been a part of Independence Day celebrations since the dawn of the republic, and backyard fireworks displays are a common custom for many Arkansas families around the Fourth of July. Fireworks such as bottle rockets and sparklers are most often the entertainment of choice. The fun can go without incident…

CONSUMER ALERT: AVOID QUICK-FIX DIET SCHEMES

June 18, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Consumers looking for ways to lose a few pounds may turn to dietary supplements, so-called weight-loss creams or other unconventional means. Though advertisements may tout the benefits of these weight-loss products, chances are that most consumers will lose a little weight from their wallets, but nowhere else. Americans spend close to $2.5…

CONSUMER ALERT: DON’T SWEAT SUMMER COOLING BILLS

June 11, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – As temperatures rise, so do utility bills for many Arkansans who rely on air conditioning to keep them cool during the hot summer months. The cost of cooling a home is one of the single largest utility expenses. In Arkansas, a survey of residential electricity consumption determined that cooling a home accounted…

CONSUMER ALERT: SWIM SAFELY THIS SUMMER

June 4, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – The best relief for many Arkansans from the sweltering summer heat is a dip in the swimming pool or a trip to one of the Natural State’s lakes and rivers.   Though swimming can be a relaxing and refreshing way to pass the time this summer, there are always safety risks, especially…

CONSUMER ALERT: WHEN SCAMMERS GO PHISHING, AVOID THE BAIT

May 28, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Last week, online retailer and merchant eBay announced that personal information including email addresses of more than 145 million users had been stolen from the company’s databases in a cyberattack. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and the company encouraged Arkansas consumers to change their eBay passwords as soon as possible. And, experts have…

CONSUMER ALERT: SUMMER TRAVEL TIPS

May 21, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – More than 36 million Americans are expected to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start to summer, according to AAA. Many more are planning summer travel for vacations or to see family and friends. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel encouraged consumers to be well-prepared before setting out on summer…

CONSUMER ALERT: KNOW THE LAW ON DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES

May 14, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Door-to-door solicitations typically increase in the spring, as do complaints to the Attorney General’s Office about unscrupulous salespeople. While there are no problems with the majority of items or services provided by door-to-door solicitors, some use high-pressure sales tactics and misrepresentations to cajole consumers into purchasing things they may not necessarily want…

CONSUMER ALERT: RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOLLOWING STORMS

May 7, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – As the state continues to recover from the devastating storms of April 27, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to make sure that affected Arkansans know that assistance is available to them to help them rebuild. In addition, McDaniel said all Arkansas consumers should be aware of a rebate…

CONSUMER ALERT: ESSENTIAL ADVICE FOR AFTER THE STORM

April 29, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – As Arkansans begin recovering from devastating storms, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today with essential advice for storm victims as they recover and rebuild and for Arkansans who are seeking to help their friends and neighbors. “Times like these bring out the best in most people, but, unfortunately, the…

CONSUMER ALERT: INTERNET AD SCAMS PUT RENTERS AT RISK

April 23, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Consumers who are relocating or who are looking for a short-term getaway may turn to Internet rental listings to find just the right home to meet their needs. Both renters and landlords see Internet advertising as a convenient and inexpensive way to conduct business, but, unfortunately, so do con artists. Attorney General…

CONSUMER ALERT: STUDENT LOAN DEBT SCAMS INCREASING

April 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Student loan debt can be overwhelming to some consumers already riddled with debt from mortgages and credit card bills. The federal government says student loan debt is the single largest form of consumer debt, aside from mortgages. According to a recent report the average student will have amassed $29,000 in student loans…

CONSUMER ALERT: BE CAREFUL OF CALLER ID SPOOFING

April 9, 2014

LITTLE ROCK -- Many Arkansas consumers use their cell phone Caller ID to avoid unwanted calls from telemarketers. But the popular wireless feature is susceptible to fraud. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today issued a consumer alert to make Arkansans aware of a practice commonly known as Caller ID "spoofing," which involves the display of a…