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Protect your family’s hard-earned money, don’t fall victim to common scams this spring

Douglas County law enforcement urges citizens to remain vigilant at home and online.

Posted on March 30, 2022 2022Breaking NewsPublic Safety

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Information provided by the 18th Judicial D.A and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Did you know aging adults and senior citizens are often the most vulnerable when it comes to scams? Because scammers never take a vacation, we’re sharing resources to help you safeguard yourself and members of your family.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Consumer Fraud Protection Division has a warning that travel-related scams are common right now as the industry ramps up for the year.

Use extreme caution when making online reservations or purchases and verify the validity of websites before entering any personal information.

You can call their Consumer Hot Line at 720-874-8574 to ask questions or provide complaints about suspected scams.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is also monitoring multiple reports of scammers who call residents, claim to work for Xcel Energy then request a bank transfer for payment.

The Sheriff’s Office found Xcel Energy would never ask a customer to pay via a bank transfer, gift card or any other unusual method. You can protect yourself by being cautious when answering unsolicited phone calls from anyone claiming to be a service provider. When in doubt, hang up and call a verified number.

You can also call the Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7505 to report a crime or suspected crime.

For more resources for older adults visit Aging Resources of Douglas County.

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