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Consumer Focus Monthly Newsletter

Every month, our Consumer Focus (formerly called the Consumer Advisory) issue goes in-depth on a single consumer topic.  From protecting your identity to dealing with annoying robocalls to your rights when buying a car or having it repaired, the Consumer Focus maintains a watchful eye on consumer issues that are important to you.

Giving Tuesday: Give wisely this year

Issued November 22, 2022

Buyer beware: Fake car dealership websites

Issued October 19, 2022

Keeping kids safe online: algorithms and tracking

Issued September 6, 2022

Furry Friend Fraud: Pet sale scams on the rise

Issued August 25, 2022

Complaints over solar energy rise

Issued June 27, 2022

No Surprises Act: What it means for consumers

Issued May 2, 2022

Free brace? Card fees? Be aware of Medicare Scams

Issued April 19, 2022

Beware of ‘dark patterns’: Tricks and traps

Issued March 9, 2022

Romance Scams: Guard your heart this Valentine’s

Issued February 10, 2022

Home-improvement headaches: There’s a bill to fix

Issued February 3, 2022

Welfare checks used to intimidate victims

Issued December 16, 2021

Five things to keep in mind while holiday shopping

Issued November 22, 2021

Act now to apply for rental and utility assistance

Issued October 14, 2021

There’s something ‘phishy’ with that Amazon email

Issued September 8, 2021

Study: Private student loans remain costly option

Issued August 5, 2021

Avoid weather-related cleanup and repair scams

Issued July 15, 2021

Stop Sharing: Opt-out of data tracking features

Issued June 17, 2021

Dangerous twist to the 'grandparent scam' emerges

Issued May 24, 2021

Be on the lookout for phony government grant scams

Issued May 10, 2021

Be Aware: Fake Vaccination Cards Online

Issued April 19, 2021

Be alert for COVID stimulus, vaccine scams

Issued December 31, 2020

Fee fever: Watch for ‘COVID surcharges'

Issued December 7, 2020

Beware of ‘ghosting’!

Issued October 27, 2020

Beware of ‘COVID-free’ cleaning products, services

Issued August 31, 2020

Get help with mortgage payments during COVID

Issued June 29, 2020

Long-term care residents' rights during COVID

Issued June 1, 2020

Top 10 ways to secure your video meetings

Issued April 22, 2020

COVID-19 relief can help student loan borrowers

Issued April 8, 2020

How to avoid census scams

Issued March 9, 2020

Preventing elder abuse

Issued February 18, 2020

Change Iowa’s mobile home laws, Miller urges

Issued January 21, 2020

Beware of fake products, sites shopping online

Issued November 25, 2019

Why you won’t win that car on Facebook

Issued November 4, 2019

New form of debt is a risky gamble for students

Issued September 25, 2019

Survey: Private student loans vary widely in rates

Issued August 13, 2019

When a home-repair contractor says this, say no

Issued June 5, 2019

Top 10 tips to avoid scams

Issued May 6, 2019

Auto repairs

Issued April 2, 2019

Tricky ticket sales

Issued March 5, 2019

Home improvement bonds

Issued February 4, 2019

Healthy New Year Resolutions

Issued January 4, 2019

Health insurance enrollment scams

Issued December 3, 2018

Give with your head and your heart

Issued November 8, 2018

New college grads: Beware of 'loan rescue'

Issued October 1, 2018

The Robocall Wars: How you can fight back

Issued September 4, 2018

Private student loans deserve a look

Issued August 1, 2018

July means it's time to freeze -- for free

Issued July 2, 2018

Avoid hotel booking scams

Issued June 5, 2018

Watch out for imposters on Facebook

Issued May 8, 2018

Avoid dangers when hiring a home-repair contractor

Issued April 9, 2018

Tax-Related Identity Theft and Fraud

Issued March 1, 2018

Don’t Get Burned by “Pain Relief” Cream Sellers

Issued February 1, 2018

Gift Cards & Gift Certificates

Issued January 1, 2018

Wise Giving

Issued December 1, 2017

Don’t Let Online Scammers Scrooge Your Holidays!

Issued November 1, 2017

The Secret Life of Pet Scams

Issued October 1, 2017

Watch for Facebook Crooks!

Issued September 1, 2017

Look for Signs of Elder Abuse

Issued August 1, 2017

Work From Home: A Sweet Dream or Bad Scheme?

Issued July 1, 2017

Avoid the SCAMptons: Online Booking Scams

Issued June 1, 2017

That IRS Call Might Now Be Legit!

Issued May 1, 2017

“Instant” Tax Refunds: Quick Cash for Whom?

Issued April 1, 2017

Data Breach Victim? It’s Personal (Info)!

Issued March 1, 2017

Sweetheart Scams

Issued February 1, 2017

Timeshares: Take Time before You Sign

Issued January 2, 2017

Online Buying: Clicking with Confidence

Issued December 1, 2016

Satellite or Cable TV Complaint Getting Static?

Issued November 1, 2016

Seeking Storm/Flood Damage Cleanup or Repairs?

Issued October 1, 2016

Prescription Medication Costs: How to Save Safely

Issued September 1, 2016

New Car a Nonstarter? Look at the Lemon Law

Issued August 1, 2016

Pay Debt with iTunes Card? Sounds Like a Sad Song!

Issued July 1, 2016

Phone Seller Wants Quick Electronic Payment? No!

Issued June 1, 2016

Dietary Supplements

Issued May 1, 2016

These Chips are Good for You: New Card Chips

Issued April 1, 2016

Credit Report and Identity Theft Monitoring

Issued March 1, 2016

Health Club Memberships

Issued February 1, 2016

Tax-Related Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

Issued January 1, 2016

Health Plan Enrollment & Scams

Issued December 1, 2015

Caller ID Spoofing

Issued November 1, 2015

Identity Theft

Issued October 1, 2015

Returns, Refunds & Right to Cancel

Issued September 1, 2015

Service Contracts and Extended Warranties

Issued August 1, 2015

Protecting Our Service Members and Veterans

Issued July 1, 2015

Going, Going, Gone!

Issued June 1, 2015

Buying a Used Car? Vetting the Vehicle

Issued May 1, 2015

Avoid the Home Wrecker: Home Improvement & Repair

Issued April 1, 2015

Grandparent Scam

Issued March 2, 2015

Debt Collections & Debt Collection Scams

Issued February 2, 2015

Tax Time Scams & Tips

Issued January 2, 2015

First You Win, Then You Lose

Issued December 1, 2014

Smarter Holiday Shopping

Issued November 1, 2014

Hold the Line on Annoying Robocalls

Issued October 1, 2014

How to Hinder Hackers? Protect Your Password!

Issued September 1, 2014

Health Fraud: Protecting Your Wellness and Wallet

Issued August 1, 2014

Student Loan “Rescue” Companies Are No Lifeline!

Issued July 1, 2014

The Drive to Destroy

Issued June 1, 2014

Unauthorized Charges & “Free Trial” Offers

Issued May 1, 2014

Home Repairs & Home Improvements

Issued April 1, 2014

Your Credit Report & Credit Score

Issued March 1, 2014

Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Issued February 1, 2014

Cell Phone Contracts

Issued January 1, 2014

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Consumer Protection Division
Hoover State Office Building
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0106

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