What if your true love gave to you 12 scammers scamming instead of drummers drumming? Each year at this time your Better Business Bureau reminds consumers of some of criminal holiday schemes, in the form of our "12 Scams of Christmas." Keep these in mind to avoid being victimized and having your holiday turned into a "Blue Christmas." (Some of the scams on this list have been discussed in more detail in earlier BBB articles, and are included here because of their magnified appeal during the holidays.)
A Heartland woman reported to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa that she had been contacted on Facebook by a hacker posing as a current "friend" who shared information about a grant for $100,000 from the federal government. This "friend" messaged her that he had received this grant, and that the woman also qualified because she was disabled. The message included the email of the person she was to get in touch with.
Freddy's is a company with a mission. When the local Freddy's opened in October, they choose United Way of Central Kansas to participate in their annual Dine United Campaign. In addition to the Dine United on Nov. 15, Freddy's gave 10% of custard sales for their first 30 days to United Way of Central Kansas. These two events raised over $2,200 for UWCK and the 23 agencies and community impact programs they fund. Freddy's will also give a portion of proceeds from Dec. 20, to help bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to Great Bend ...
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) approved a settlement agreement in the Kansas Gas Service (KGS) rate case. The settlement will result in a $1.25 per month rate increase for residential customers down from the proposed $4.54. The settlement amounts to nearly $20 million dollars less than KGS had requested.
Plains State Bank will cut the ribbon and host an open house to celebrate its third full-service Kansas branch, located at 800 Coolidge St., at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. The newest branch opened on Aug. 3.
Healing Hearts Ranch held its 4th Annual Ranch Rodeo fundraiser on Oct. 22, complete with its "City Slicker" mugging, ranch rodeo competition, family fun activities and games, and lots of delicious food. About 500 people attended the event throughout the day with seven City Slicker mugging teams and 18 ranch rodeo teams. The winner of the City Slicker mugging contest came away with Mitchell's donuts for their entire team, an amazing wood carved traveling trophy (thanks to the handy work of Barry Bowers) and free entry into next year's contest. The "Lonesome Pine" of El Dorado came away ...
This year holiday shoppers are confronted with a growing online menace: phony retail apps. Recent reports have indicated that a wave of apps pretending to represent large chains is surging toward iPhone users. Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, Zappos, Dillard's and even luxury lines like Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo are being misrepresented by scammers who create the fake apps in their names. Your Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for the imposters and try to minimize the harm they want to do unsuspecting shoppers.
Julie Kramp, Ellinwood, will become the next executive director of The Center for Counseling and Consultation. Current Executive Director Douglas W. McNett announced Kramp has accepted an offer from the mental health-care provider's board of directors.
November 25, 2016|
Special to the Tribune