Does something seem like a scam? Here’s some info on common scams

We all hear about scams every day on the news or on a pretty regular basis from our friends, families, and co-workers. Lucky for us, the state of Colorado has created an index of information on common scams that be accessed whenever something seems shady. The Stop Colorado Fraud website has a wealth of information you can use to make smarter purchases or just to make you an expert to your family and friends.

It also has a link to report fraud and to understand specific consumer fraud issues for military and seniors.

http://www.stopfraudcolorado.gov/fraud-center/common-scams

  • Affordable Care Act Scams
  • Business Opportunity Fraud
  • Counterfeit Products
  • Foreign Scams
  • Magazine Sales
  • Super Bowl Ticket Scams
  • Work at Home Scams
  • Odometer Fraud (if you’re buying a used car, probably worth a read)

That’s just a small sampling of the information available. Here’s a sample of what is categorized as Sweetheart Scams-

“In today’s fast paced world of instant communication and social media, many adults have turned to online dating sites to find love, especially around Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, not everyone using dating sites is looking for romance; some are looking for money, your money. Thousands of people have been victimized by online romance scams and wind up not only embarrassed but with financial losses averaging more than $10,000 per person.”

Scams are a constantly evolving problem, but if you keep yourself informed on what these scams look like, you too can spot the most suspect of consumer deals or strange sounding scams.

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