Fraud Alerts

Home Projects & Contractors

By Beth McCann, Denver DA ~   Not all contractor issues can be anticipated, but there are steps to take prior to hiring one that can help avoid financial losses, project delays, or a contractor disappearing in the middle of a job.   Consider the Following: The greatest number of complaints received by law enforcement […]

Social Security Informing You About Recent Scams

The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams. You should just hang up on any call you’re uncertain of and ignore suspicious emails. Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money and personal information by exploiting your fears.

Isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic may leave seniors vulnerable to investment fraud

DENVER – June 15, 2020 – In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in the month of June, Colorado Securities Commissioner Tung Chan and  Division of Securities, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), remind financial professionals and the public throughout Colorado that heightened isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a perfect […]

Protect Yourself Against Financial Scammers

By Jeremy Laufer ~ It’s unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest “industries” has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you’ll want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself.

Fraud Experience & Prevention Survey Among Coloradans 18+

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and AARP ElderWatch Caution Consumers About Trending Scams and Identity Theft ~ DENVER – June 23, 2020 – Fraud, scams and identity theft can negatively affect Coloradans of all ages and backgrounds at any time. A new survey report, released by AARP ElderWatch, shares data about online behaviors, experiences with […]

Nine Coronavirus Financial Scams to Watch for

With so much financial uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are worried about their employment, stimulus checks and being able to pay their bills. They also need to be concerned about the uptick in financial scams. A leading personal finance site,, compiled nine financial scams that consumers need to protect themselves from and the tips […]

Beware of Scammers Exploiting the COVID-19 Virus

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is warning Coloradans to beware of possible charity scams during the COVID-19 public health crisis and is offering guidance for safe giving to those impacted by the pandemic.

Inspector General Warns Public About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed.

How to Prevent Medicare Fraud

By Eric Gonzalez ~ Health care has been in the news over the past few years. First the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, then efforts to repeal it, now efforts to undercut it. It is fair to say that healthcare news is often contradictory and confusing. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of this […]

Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers

The Social Security Administration launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to continue warning people about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. The PSAs feature a message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul. Social Security and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely […]

SSA and its Inspector General Announce New Online Reporting Form for Imposter Scam Calls

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, announce the launch of a dedicated online form at to receive reports from the public of Social Security-related scams. These scams—in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported […]

Government Agencies Don’t Dial for Dollars

By Chris Myklebust ~ Last month, I described practical things you can do to protect yourself from frauds that are perpetrated through social networks. A focus on awareness as to what criminals can learn about you and your friends should inspire you to think things through when someone asks you for money online. Remember, criminals […]

Be smart with your smart phone

Just like getting used to a computer took time, older adults have taken their time with the movement toward smart phones. But now the floodgates have opened. Our families have encouraged us to procure a smart phone and many times they’ve purchased it for us.

College Loan & Scholarship Scams

By Beth McCann, Denver District Attorney ~ Scammers see back-to-school time as an opportunity to take advantage of students and their parents who are new to student loans and scholarships. The following are common types of back-to-school scams, along with some tips to avoid falling victim to them.

Social Security Scam Calls: How to Protect Yourself

By Justin Lavelle ~ At first, Teresa Jensen ignored the robocall phone messages: “We just suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity,” it said. But with repeated warnings over the course of a day, she decided to call the number provided. Someone who spoke with an accent answered. “I asked him […]

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