Bryan Cohen Nov. 8, 2013, 9:00pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt warned consumers Tuesday about recently mailed prescription discount cards that may not be what they appear.

In the last week, many Kansans reported to Schmidt's office that they received a prescription discount card in the mail that they never requested. The cards claim to be able to save up to 75 percent on all U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs at pharmacies everywhere.

"Consumers should know these cards are not insurance," the attorney general said in a statement. "Even though the cards may be free, the company may be collecting personal information.

"Consumers should do their homework, compare plans and be sure they are getting the best deal on prescriptions."

Schmidt recently hosted the fall consumer protection seminar for the National Association of Attorneys General. Staff from the consumer offices of 46 states and territories met in Wichita for the three-day seminar.

"Protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs is a top priority for the Kansas attorney general's office," Schmidt said. "Bringing this national conference to Wichita in order to share best practices and experiences among the states underscores the importance we place on protecting Kansans' pocketbooks."

Sessions at the seminar focused on identity theft, data breaches, military consumer protection and mobile phone cramming.

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