Fraud Alerts

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 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 […]

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 […]

Our Hope for Investors 

By Chris Myklebust, Securities Commissioner ~ At the Colorado Division of Securities, we regularly witness the awful sense of loss experienced by people that fall prey to a variety of scams.  Sometimes, by the time we learn about a scam it is much too late to keep a tragic financial loss from occurring.  As if […]

Military Members Protect the U.S., and We Can Help Return the Favor When it comes to Scams

By Jillian Sarmo, Investor Education and Public Affairs Coordinator ~ July is National Military Consumer Protection Month, and for anyone who has family members in the service, or who themselves served, it’s a great time for a refresher on the scams that target this population. Particularly for those who may have children or grandchildren, nieces or […]

Scams Come In Many Different Forms

Social Security is at the forefront of keeping your online data secure, but you play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information too.

Senior Identity Theft: How to Stay Safe

By Greg Mahnken ~ You’ve heard all the advice for keeping your identity safe in today’s day and age. Don’t give out personal information on the phone. Legitimate agencies will never call you and demand payment over the phone. Never wire money to a stranger.

A New Question from your Broker

By Jillian Sarmo, Investor Education and Public Affairs Coordinator ~ 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 […]

DenverConnect Delivers an Innovative Satellite Community Center To Older Adults

Office of the Attorney General, Denver Mayor’s Office, and other local agencies partner to combat isolation and fraud ~ Apr. 12, 2019 (DENVER, Colo.) — Attorney General Phil Weiser, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Jayla Sanchez Warren, Director of the Area Agency on Aging today launched DenverConnect, an innovative mobile resource center that will […]


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