Our Betty Sexton has retired

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Anchor and Call for Action reporter, Betty Sexton, has retired from KKTV. Her last day was July 14. She has been at the station since 1999, anchoring and leading the Call for Action team. We are going to miss her so much.

This is what Betty had to say in her own words:
I want you to know how much I've enjoyed sharing important consumer information and making sure you know about the latest scams and schemes cooked up by crooks. When I first started at KKTV back in the fall of 1999, there seemed to be just a handful of rip-offs. Today with the Internet, there are literally hundreds of them.

I will truly miss the camaraderie we shared. You can't know how heartwarming it is to get calls, emails, and letters from readers (who read the column in The Gazette) and viewers. I feel like we truly shared a partnership in standing together and protecting our wallets and identities against the bad guys. When someone was taken advantage of, it was my job to help and try to make things right. I'll never forget those cases where we were able to persevere and get wrongs righted, money returned, and put thieves behind bars.

I have been so blessed because my job has been so rewarding. I call it, "reporting with a heart." That's because the goal always has been to help those who are experiencing consumer problems, report on what it is that happened to them, and then educate others so they can avoid that issue in the future.

I thought this might be a good time to reiterate some important lessons we've learned together. For example, never feel compelled to answer the telephone unless you know who is calling. It's so much easier to let unrecognized calls go to voicemail. You can't answer incorrectly or be scared into thinking a loved one is in trouble when he or she isn't. Also, don't feel obliged to answer a knock at your door. Shady salespeople often wear safety vests or uniforms to try to gain your trust. If you don't answer, they can't frighten you into believing you have a water leak. Then you won't have to wonder if you should let in strangers who could rummage around and help themselves to your belongings.

Never share personal information with a stranger. These days, crooks can learn vital details about each and every one of us on the Internet. They can be very convincing and come across as helpful officials when they're really conniving thieves. If you ever have a doubt or suspicion, stop. Don't continue the conversation, don't ask any more questions, just start over by going to a trusted source. Know that you can always reach out to KKTV 11 News and its 11 Call for Action team. The volunteers and staffers I've had the pleasure of working with are the best. They truly care and will help you figure out what's what.

Remember, crooks and thieves are opportunity experts. Their goal is to catch you off-guard and get you to react without thinking. What is most needed in critical times is a cool, level head. If you ever find yourself in a position where you're opening up your wallet in a flash, take 10 minutes to sit, take a few deep breaths, and really think through the situation. They're counting on you not to do so. If you're wise to their schemes, they simply shrug it off, and move on to the next target.

Click here to read more from 11 News partner The Gazette.

11 News reporter Katie Pelton has taken the Call For Action baton from Betty. Katie will be heading the Call For Action team and anchoring 11 News at Noon.