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TRUE: Thieves are everywhere - even churches - trying to steal purses to get checkbooks, credit cards and other personal information. They also look for checks, pre-approved credit card applications and account statements in your mailbox. Crooks rummage through trash looking for unshredded information containing account numbers. And they send "phishy" email asking you to verify account numbers by impersonating your bank, credit-card company, government agency, etc.
FALSE: It's best to have nothing in your purse or wallet that includes your Social Security number. An identity thief can apply for, and receive, credit in your name, including credit cards, loans, gambling credit, cars, etc.
FALSE: Though consumers who have subscribed to the Colorado No-Call List have reported a notable decrease in phone calls, there are exemptions, including nonprofit and charitable organizations, politicians and those with whom you have an established business relationship, such as phone companies. The No-Call List will not stop criminal telemarketers; to protect yourself, don’t talk to strangers!
FALSE: It’s the donor's responsibility to determine how his or her charity donations are used. Ask charities for a copy of their annual report and contact the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance at 303-222-4444.
TRUE: Federal law prohibits mailing payments to purchase any ticket, share or chance in any foreign lottery. Telemarketing con artists from Canada have conned hundreds of Coloradans into sending millions in payments for "taxes" before collecting on their Canadian lottery winnings.
FALSE: When you play sweepstakes, your name is frequently put on marketing lists bought and sold by other direct marketers. Eventually, your name can end up on criminal telemarketing lists.
FALSE: Colorado is among a few states that do not require statewide regulation of all contractors. Consumers have a greater responsibility to protect themselves from contractor fraud.
FALSE: City and utility workers do not go door-to-door, but con artists do! Once in your home, he will distract you while an accomplice sneaks in to steal purses, jewelry, safes and other valuables. Never let a stranger in your home, regardless of who they claim to be!
TRUE: The majority of investment fraud cases the District Attorney prosecutes involve financial advisors who have had long-term, trusting relationships with their victims. The perpetrators use trust - and sometimes faith - as weapons. Regardless of how long you've known or trusted someone, never make an investment decision without seeking advice from a lawyer, accountant or the Colorado Division of Securities.
TRUE: In all theft cases involving family members, trusted advisors and Powers of Attorney, victims have given total control to others and did not review financial statements. Perpetrators took advantage of the victims' trust. In addition to your own review of accounts, surround yourself with several advisors and caregivers who can provide a system of checks and balances so that no one person has total control over your finances.
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