Fraud Alerts

Facebook is Known for Spreading Fake News, but How About Financial Fraud?

By Jillian Sarmo, Investor Education and Public Affairs Coordinator ~ More and more older Americans are using social media every day, including to help guide investment decisions. Whether it is to research particular stocks, to find background information on financial professionals, to gather up-to-date news, or to discuss the markets with others, social media – web-based […]

Senior Scams

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ I have had clients bring in letters from companies that offer to sell them a copy of the deed for their home for $89.00. These letters look very official. Multiple businesses send these letters, including Property Transfer Services, Record Transfer Services, Conveyance Transfer Services, Record Retrieval Department, and National […]

Don’t Bet On the House: Avoiding Real Estate Scams

By Jillian Sarmo, Investor Education and Public Affairs Coordinator ~ Despite what some have called a “cooling effect” on the real estate market in Colorado, home sales are still booming, and as we head into the spring season, it’s worth refreshing the topic of real estate scams. Scammers are always on the hunt, and they take […]

Scammers Go to College

By Beth McCann, Denver DA ~ You and your child have discussed all the potential pitfalls of being away at college.  You’ve had the “I know you are an adult now, but I won’t be there to protect you if something goes wrong,” conversation. Hopefully you’ve told them not to leave their beverage unattended at […]

AARP Colorado hosts Abagnale to tell how not to be victim of identity theft

Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network for “An Evening with Frank Abagnale” on protecting yourself from identity theft. Abagnale is available for interviews starting at 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Please contact Angela Cortez,, 720-346-8247 to schedule a time to talk to this expert on ID theft in Denver for one night only. 

Amazon’s Not So Prime Day Alert

By Beth McCann, Denver DA ~ If you were a Prime customer last year, a new phishing scam may be coming to you in an email phishing scheme.  Scammers are sending mass emails– that look just like they are from Amazon.  The realistic email thanks the customer for making a purchase last Prime Day.  The […]

National Emoji Day – Beware the Smiling Emoji

By Beth McCann, Denver DA ~ Who among us hasn’t enjoyed enhancing a text or an email with a wink, a nod, or even a hat. These icons are adorable.  They take the place of words, save on character space, and provide a little emotional intent behind your words.  And, for the most part, emojis are […]

Who is Your Plan B?

By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ The world is complicated, and as much as we sometimes don’t want to admit that we need help, from time to time, we all do. This can be especially true when it comes to our financial well-being, and is perhaps most important to recognize and accept as we […]

First Bitcoin, Now It Is ICOs

By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ By now most of us have heard about bitcoin. It is digital money, meaning it only exists on someone’s computer. You can’t hold it or put it in your wallet, but you can buy things with bitcoin, and, more importantly, trade it for dollars. We have heard about […]

Do You Know Your National Identification Number?

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ We are always being warned that we need to protect ourselves against identity theft. Identity theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or Social Security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently […]

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ Have you received an invitation or seen an ad offering you a free lunch or dinner at a nice restaurant if you attend a seminar about financial, retirement, or estate planning?  If you are like me, you have.  I get them all the time.  And it always […]

This Valentine’s Day, Don’t Get Bewitched by a Romance Scam

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ We read about them all the time, see the commercials on TV, and hear the jokes: Match, eHarmony, the list of 21st Century dating websites and matching services are ever growing. While much of the advertising surrounding these sites is targeted toward young adults, the less-talked-about users […]

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scams

Adams County, Colo. – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public of scams that occur this time of the year. We have again received several reports of a jury duty phone scam, similar to the IRS scam. Scammers are calling from a spoof caller ID system to make it look like […]

2017 Top Investor Threats

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ Every year securities regulators across the country take stock of the frauds and scams that are most prevalent among our cases. This helps us do our job more effectively, but it’s a good practice for investors to read up on the biggest threats in the market as […]

Colorado Attorney General and AARP Foundation Cautions Families about Fraud this Holiday Season

AARP Foundation Survey Finds Fraud and ID Theft Concerns on the Minds of Coloradans 50+ DENVER – Dec. 6, 2017 – As families gather this holiday season, they should consider a new topic for the dinner table. Fraud and scams can affect Coloradans of all ages and backgrounds. A survey report, recently released by AARP […]