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    First Judicial District Attorney's Office, Power Against Fraud

    CASEfraudline@jeffco.us
    303-271-6980

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    Fraud Hotline

    303-271-6980

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    Cary Johnson, csjohnso@jeffco.us
    303-271-6970

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    True or False?

    The top ways identity thieves get your personal financial information is through purse snatching, mail theft, dumpster diving and email "phishing."

    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.

    It's a good idea to carry your Social Security card with you.

    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. 

    Once you have subscribed to the Colorado No-Call List, you don’t have to worry about telemarketers.

    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!

    The law requires charities to spend a certain percentage of their income on programs and services.

    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 View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. at 303-222-4444.

    Foreign lotteries are illegal in the U.S.

    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. 

    As long as you don't buy any magazines or send money, playing sweepstakes is harmless entertainment.

    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.

    Colorado has a state contractor's licensing board that licenses and approves contractors.

    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. 

    If a uniformed utility employee appears at your door to conduct an inspection and shows a badge and ID, it's safe to invite him inside.

    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!

    Most investment fraud is perpetrated by long-term, trusted advisors.

    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. View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.  

    If a trusted family member, financial advisor or Power of Attorney is paying your bills and managing your money, it is crucial that you review your account statements.

    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.

    Last Updated: 5-13-2013