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— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5 p.m. MT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, including scammers! That is why it is critical we stay ahead of them to make sure consumers of all ages are aware of which scams are being perpetrated and how to avoid them. Please read and share the attached AARP Foundation ElderWatch Smart Tips on avoiding holiday scams. The Colorado Attorney General’s office also offers an excellent booklet on holiday scams. Speaking of busy… as the holidays roll around, here are …

— Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone while you’re in the middle of something. Unfortunately, illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever, costing victims of scammers millions each year. How It Works: Scammers often leverage legal “robocall” technology unlawfully as a way to dial thousands of numbers at a time, looking for someone to pick up the phone so they can scam them out of their money or identity.  A common tactic is “caller …

— Recently, there has be an uptick in reports of scam calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. During these calls the scammer tells their potential victim that they will not be receiving their Social Security check because they have been “blacklisted” or they are in trouble with the authorities. We believe one of the reasons these calls have “bubbled up” might be because people are aware of the IRS scam and scammers are looking for a different way …

— Be on the lookout for scammers and fraudsters. DENVER (Sept. 27, 2018) – New Medicare cards have finally started to mail to Colorado’s Medicare beneficiaries. That’s good news, but the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), all part of  the Department of Regulatory Agencies, caution that scammers and fraudsters are using this to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors. “‘New card, same guard’ is what we’re telling people,” said Kimberly Latta, …

— Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale was in Denver recently to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from con artists. Missed it? No problem; see the full video here. For …

— Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a convenient way to connect with friends and family. It is important to remember that scammers also 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. The following are some red flags that you might be targeted …

— On TV or in publications some products advertise free trial offers that claim to be “risk free.” However, some “free” trial offers end up being traps that lock consumers into plans that charge recurring fees that happen automatically. Often a free trial offer will require you to provide your credit card information for a nominal shipping fee. However, once you accept the offer and the company has your payment information, you may be charged for products you never intended to …

— Coloradans can learn how to protect themselves from scams from one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgeries and embezzlement: Frank Abagnale. For more than 40 years, Abagnale has been a consultant to the FBI. But in his youth, he used fake identities to cash millions of dollars in fraudulent checks. Those exploits were later depicted in the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can. Abagnale will speak at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities in Arvada on …

— Jury duty scams are one of the most common and tricky variations of imposter scams out there. Typically these scams begin with a phone call where the scammer identifies themselves as an officer of the court or from the local sheriff’s department. The scammer then claims you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. Having never received a jury summons, you are confused and shocked as to how you could possibly be …