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Iowa taxi driver honored as 'consumer protection hero'

KCCI Des Moines logo KCCI Des Moines 11/15/2021
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The Iowa attorney general is calling an Iowa man who saved a woman from being scammed out of $38,000 last year a "consumer protection hero."

The story started in the back of a taxicab.

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Des Moines' Scott Kilmer picked up a woman who said a family member was in big trouble with the IRS and needed to go to the bank and send them $38,000.

Kilmer said the whole thing felt fishy to him. He realized it was a scam and reported it to the attorney general's office before his client sent the scammer any money.

The inaugural Consumer Protection Hero recognition ceremony, held Monday, will recognize five Iowans, including Kilmer for helping others avoid losing money due to scams, fraud or deception.

When KCCI spoke with Kilmer in the original story, he said it only took 10 minutes out of his day to save his client from losing tens of thousands of dollars, but those at the attorney general's office say he's a hero.

"The IRS is not going to call you and demand payment like that," Iowa Attorney General’s Office Chief of Staff Lynn Hicks said. "He just went above and beyond what he needed to do to save this woman from losing a lot of money."

If you ever think you or someone you know is being scammed the Attorney General urges you to report it to their office at 515-281-5926.

The ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol.

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