Scams & Fraud

Spring and summer months are often an ideal time to engage in projects around the house. The ElderWatch helpline receives many complaints about projects having to do with home repairs, remodel jobs and yard work. The following are some tips for hiring a contractor, handyperson or help with your yard:
Cybercrime has jumped in Colorado and nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And while people have largely returned to meeting and shopping in person, online fraud remains stubbornly high.
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Dating and social media websites have become one of the most popular ways for people of all ages to connect with new friends and potential love interests. While many people have good intentions when meeting people online, scammers also commonly use these sites and apps (ex. Facebook, Instagram, Words with Friends, etc.) to obtain money, gifts or personal information. 
Scam Alert
At the start of a new year we often reflect on the previous year and make goals for the coming year. Why not make one of your goals for 2023 to “Recognize, Refuse and Report” scams?! While scams can take various forms, there are often “red flags” that are common to many scams. Recognizing red flags will help you avoid most scams. The following are some common red flags that may help you identify if a scammer is trying to steal your money or personal information:
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It is the season of giving and while the majority of charitable requests are legitimate, it is important to remember there are some scammers out there who try and take advantage of the good will of others. A 2022 AARP survey found that 39% of U.S. adults say they had received a charity request that seemed fraudulent. The following are a few tips to help make sure that your donation is benefitting the intended cause:
The holiday season creates new ways for scammers to victimize consumers. Especially with many consumers turning to online shopping it is even more important to remain vigilant. Here are a few steps you can take to help make this holiday shopping season safe:
Scam Alert
Impostor government grant offers have become more prevalent than even in recent years. Even though collecting cash sounds nice, anytime you receive an offer for “free money” that seems “too good to be true” you should go with your instinct and ignore it. Imposter grant offers are scams designed to steal your money and collect personal information. Here are some tips to avoid government grant scams:
If you have any questions about a scam or potential scam that involves cryptocurrency, call AARP ElderWatch to speak with a trained specialist who can help
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With more people shopping from home than ever before, many consumers rely on delivery services like Amazon for some of the products they used to buy at store. Reports of scammers posing as the Amazon customer support have increased significantly over the past few years. Here are some tips for avoiding Amazon impostor scams:
Scam Jam
Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and any app that lets you connect (chat) with people can provide a convenient way to interact with others. It is important to remember that scammers also commonly use these platforms to find victims. Scammers often create fake profiles and pretend to either be someone you know, someone you want to know or an entity you trust. Because there are fake profiles it is difficult to know who you can trust on social media sites. The following are some red flags that you might be targeted by a scammer on Facebook or another social media platform:
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