Fraud Alerts

Tips for a Scam-Free Vacation

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July. Did you know July is National Auto Theft Prevention Month? Although the warm weather allows for summertime activities, it also opens up windows of opportunity (literally) for car thieves. Auto-theft is on the rise (up 9.4% since 2017) in Colorado, but there are habits…

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Hail No! – Repairing Your Roof Damage

I am cautiously optimistic that spring is finally here, although I have not yet put away my winter coat!  As anyone who has lived in the Rockies for any amount of time knows spring storms can be treacherous.  Hail damage can leave roofs, cars and yards a mess.  Repairs take money and time and they bring…

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Identity Thieves Are Springing in to Action

April showers (and bomb cyclone snow) may bring May flowers, but they are also bringing a surge of consumer complaints on a new scam.  A Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is on the rise and the Federal Trade Commission warns that consumer complaints about it are escalating while the IRS tax fraud scam is declining. …

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

I love this time of year. The lights at the City and County Building certainly put me in the holiday spirit.  This month, we are sending along our yearly “12 Days of Holiday Scams” list. While many of us take vacations, fraudsters never do. As a matter of fact, there is often an uptick of scams during this time…

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Scammers Are Rotating Around Hurricane Florence

When disaster strikes, we often look to, and see, many charitable organizations stepping up to provide the much needed support to those affected. It’s during these times that these organizations see an uptick in contributions.  Without our support, many of these charities would not be able to operate.  When our hearts ache for those in harm’s…

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Scammers Can’t Wait For Back-to-School

In this month’s newsletter, we are providing some tips to keep your college- bound children safe from falling into a scammer’s trap. Additionally, you may find the information from the FBI’s Yearly Internet Crime Report very interesting.  For each state, the Internet Crime Complaint Centeraka IC3 report, tracks the categories of scams, the number of people who were…

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Beware the Smiling Emoji

Who among us hasn’t enjoyed enhancing a text or an email with a wink, a nod, or even a hat. These icons are adorable.  They take the place of words, save on character space, and provide a little emotional intent behind your words.  And, for the most part, emojis are harmless.  But we wouldn’t be talking…

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Bad Typing Skills Can Get You Scammed

  Typos.  At best, they are an embarreeesmint!  At worst, making a typo when you enter a website name into your browser, may just get you scammed. It’s called a typo-squatting scam. A recent report stated that more than 12 million web users have fallen victim to the typo-squatting scam in the first 3 months…

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