FREDERICK — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers discussed fraud and financial exploitation with 70 residents of the tri-town area during a presentation at the Carbon Valley Tri-Town Senior Center in Frederick Oct. 23.
Suthers was in town as part of his fall consumer protection tour with the AARP Foundation ElderWatch program. During this annual event, where the attorney general visits communities to help older Coloradans recognize, refuse and report fraud and scams, Suthers touched on some of the most common scams reported to the AARP Foundation ElderWatch hotline.
Telemarketing scams, foreign lottery scams, online romance scams, identity theft and home loan modification scams were discussed. The attorney general also emphasized the red flags associated with home repair fraud and charitable scams, especially in the wake of the fires and flooding that Colorado experienced this summer.
Suthers also reminded attendees to report any fraud or suspected scams to the AARP Foundation ElderWatch hotline by calling 1-800-222-4444, option 2. ElderWatch is a consumer protection program in collaboration with the AARP Foundation and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
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