Are you concerned about protecting your older relatives and friends from elder abuse? The pandemic highlighted the disproportionate impact of tragedy on underserved communities, including older adults, who face high rates of elder abuse, fraud, and nursing home deaths.
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 Service. I have found that […]
By Jeremy Laufer ~ It’s that time of year, when we gather our W-2s, 1099s and all the other forms and documents we need to file our taxes. However, it’s also busy season for tax scammers. How can you avoid being scammed?
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, MyBankTracker.com, compiled nine financial scams that consumers need to protect themselves from and the tips […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 https://oig.ssa.gov 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 […]
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 […]