Fraud Alerts

Senior Scams

~ By Tamra K Waltemath ~ 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 Deed […]

Tax advice to take to the bank

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ Oh boy, it’s that time of year again: tax season. But something is different these days. It is difficult enough to get your records together and get your return in on time. But over the last few years, we have been hit with an onslaught of tax-related […]

A Special Birthday Reminder

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ March 3rd marks a special day here in the securities world, though it’s not necessarily a cause for celebration. That’s because March 3 is the birthday of the most notorious securities fraudster to date, who even earned a self-titled scam. That man, of course, was Charles Ponzi.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ I get it, all the paperwork that comes in the daily mail, along with all the junk mail, can get overwhelming. Often it’s even tempting to simply chuck the documents from your financial adviser onto a pile or into the garbage. But we all know there is […]

Don’t Accidentally “Gift” Someone Your Identity

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ The holidays are always a busy time, and can include lots of trips to the mall and online shopping. Often, people don’t take the necessary time to protect their identity and information when they’re preparing for gatherings of family and friends. That’s not good considering it is […]

Protect Yourself From Online Charity Scams

~ By Justin Lavelle ~ Unfortunately, this time of year is prime time for charity scams. Many of us will be making our end of the year charity donations and scammers know this. Before you think your money is going towards a noble cause, make sure it isn’t going into the hands of a real-life […]

Too Many Solicitations? Better Start Protecting your Information

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ When I go out to talk about fraud awareness, I am sure to hear frustration with the amount of phone, email, and direct mail junk that consumers receive on a daily basis. While there is no way to stop this from happening, what most regulators know is […]

This Holiday Season, Make Sure Your Good Deeds Go to the Right People

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ It’s hard to believe, but another holiday season is upon us. 2016 has surely been a tumultuous year, and one where many worthwhile causes have arisen to help those in need here in Colorado as well as around the world. The holidays are a popular time to […]

Think Working From the Comfort of Your Couch Sounds Nice? Better Think Twice

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ We’ve all seen the corny advertisements on daytime television: “I make over ten grand a month working from the comfort of my couch!” Work-from-home options are often very attractive to older adults, and it’s easy to see why; these options sound great for someone who is close […]

What Should You Know about a Power of Attorney

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ No matter whether you’re 40 or 80, it may be a good idea for anyone with significant investments or retirement savings to have a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants authority to another person to make decisions on your behalf […]

The Day After Tomorrow: Maintaining Financial Security Following a Natural Disaster

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ It was a wild spring for weather, and if the experts are correct the summer will be no different. So far in 2016 we’ve already seen tornadoes, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms that have caused flooding and wreaked havoc on people and their property alike. Those who live […]

The Senior$afe Initiative

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ On June 16, the Colorado Division of Securities will again be participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This initiative, hosted by the National Adult Protective Services Association, was formed in 2015 to help call attention to the ever-growing issue of elder abuse and financial exploitation, and […]

The Zika Virus – More than Just a Health Threat

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ In 2013 the news was inundated with cautions and concerns about MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. In 2014 and 2015, it was the threat of Ebola. Now, we are being informed of the looming threat of the Zika Virus, currently spreading through parts of South America. […]

Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Asset Recovery Firms

~ By Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ Someone asked recently, what’s one scam affecting seniors that I’ve seen increase in popularity. I thought about affinity fraud and about free lunch seminars – these are indeed common. However, something many people have yet to hear about are so-called “asset recovery firms.” These are potential scams […]

Is What You Are Getting Really Worth the Risk?

~ By Kim Latta ~ Do you ever wonder why your phone never seems to stop ringing and your mail box is always full of solicitations? It’s true there are people who spend a lot of time and energy trying to find, buy or worse yet, steal your information.  But the more likely scenario is […]