Happy July!


Attorney General Phil Weiser sent a press release to warn about moving scams. The press release states that given many people choose to move in the summer, now is a good time to alert consumers to watch out for scams and fraud related to moving. Consumers should watch for common tactics used by unscrupulous movers offering unrealistically low estimates, demanding large upfront deposits, and in the worst case, ultimately holding belongings hostage for additional fees. To protect yourself, make sure to research moving companies thoroughly, get multiple quotes, and read reviews from other customers. Don't be afraid to ask for proof of licensing and insurance, and always trust your instincts if something seems too good to be true. Don’t let moving scams throw your summer move into chaos.

 

Settling into your new home will be much easier if you know your household possessions will arrive intact and safely.

 

Learn More at Stop Fraud Colorado: Moving Scams

Important Warnings from the Federal Trade Commission


The Federal Trade Commission is alerting the community about a recent surge in scams involving individuals posing as legal representatives, particularly Notarios.

A Notario, in many Spanish-speaking countries, is a government attorney. When immigrants from these countries seek legal help in the United States, they incorrectly believe notarios are licensed United States lawyers. These notarios target vulnerable individuals, particularly those in immigrant communities and offer services that they are not qualified to perform. Notarios are not licensed attorneys and cannot provide legal representation in the same way that a United States licensed attorney can.


Here are the recommendations from the FTC on how to avoid the scams that target immigrants: ftc.gov/immigration. If you or someone you know has been a victim of this type of scam, please report it by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP or at ftc.gov/complaint.


  • Know who can help.
  • Don’t pay for forms.
  • Don’t sign blank forms.
  • No one can provide special access.


NOTE: Many of the people who need this information do not subscribe to this newsletter. If you know people who work with the immigrant community, please share this information with them.

Never Ordered It?

Subscription Magazines 



Have you ever received a magazine in the mail that you never ordered? While it may seem like a pleasant surprise at first, it could be a scam. According to the FTC, some companies are charging people for subscriptions they never wanted or ordered. You could find it nearly impossible to find the right person to speak with to stop the subscription. Don't fall victim to this deceiving marketing practice. Be cautious and always double-check before paying for any subscription.

Read more about subscription cancelation issues here

iPhones Can be Hacked Through Text Messages

 

Recent studies show that iPhones may be at risk of being hacked through fraudulent text messages. This is caused by a flaw in the software that allows hackers to access your iPhone by sending a malicious text message. Once the message is opened, the hacker gains access to the device's data and can even control it remotely. Make sure your iPhone is updated with the latest software and avoid opening suspicious text messages from unknown senders. Here’s an example text of a phishing text. 


Do you suspect you've been scammed or exploited?

Report it to us by calling our Fraud Hotline.


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