Attorney General, AARP ElderWatch unveil campaign aimed at combating fraudulent charity mailings

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office and AARP ElderWatch have partnered with nearly two-dozen local nonprofits, senior centers and law enforcement agencies to raise awareness across Colorado of fraudulent charity mailings.

“Every day Colorado consumers and seniors receive mailings from fraudulent charities and charitable solicitors. Not only do these mailings take money away from legitimate charities, but they also result in thousands of dollars of good-faith charitable contributions lining the pockets of scammers,” Suthers said. “By partnering with community organizations and law enforcement agencies from across the state, we will raise awareness of the dangers of fraudulent charity mailings and prevent future victims from sending checks to bad actors.”

“Mailings from fraudulent charities and other scam artists hit Colorado seniors the hardest,” AARP ElderWatch Director Amy Nofziger said. “Once a senior cuts one check, they often will find themselves deluged with mailings from other fraudulent organizations once the word gets out that they are vulnerable. Through this campaign, we are hoping to take a step toward breaking that cycle.”

The campaign will collect mail across the state between June 1 and June 25. The Office of the Attorney General and AARP ElderWatch are partnering with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, the U.S. Postal Service and a series of community partners from across Colorado to collect fraudulent mailings. The mailings the Office of the Attorney General and AARP ElderWatch collect will be examined for potential fraud or violations of Colorado charitable solicitations Act. The mails and other submission will be destroyed following the end of the campaign.

“Awareness is one of the most powerful tools consumers can harness to protect themselves from fraud,” Suthers said. “Colorado has one of the best-educated and most fraud-savvy populations in the country. This effort will only build on the strong fraud-awareness foundation we and our partners have laid.”

The following locations will accept fraudulent mail from consumers:

Bethune

The Post Office/The Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office
135 E. 1st Ave. 

Brighton

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office
332 N. 19th Ave. 

Burlington

The Post Office/The Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office
259 14th St. 

Canon City

The Golden Age Center
728 Main St. 

Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Senior Center
1514 North Hancock Ave. 

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
101 W. Costilla St. 

Clifton

The Mesa County Library – Clifton
59032 Road, #6F 

Commerce City

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office
4201 E. 72nd Ave. 

Denver

AARP ElderWatch
303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 210 

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office
1525 Sherman St., 7th floor 

Windsor Gardens – community center
597 S. Clinton St.

Windsor Gardens – administrative offices
595 S. Clinton St. 

Flagler

The Post Office/The Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office
315 Main St. 

Firestone

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office
4209 Weld County Road 24 1/2 

Florence

The Florence Community Center
100 Railroad

Fort Collins

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
2501 Midpoint Drive 

Oakbrook 1
3200 Stanford Road  

Oakbrook 11
3300 Stanford Road

The Sanctuary
3732 Kunz Court 

Fort Lupton

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office
2950 9th St. 

Fort Morgan

The Fort Morgan Police Department
901 E. Beaver Ave. 

The Fort Morgan Public Library
414 Main St.

Morgan Federal Bank
321 Ensign St. 

Frederick

The Frederick Police Department
401 Locust St. 

Fruita

The Mesa County Library – Fruita
325 E. Aspen Ave. 

Grand Junction

The Mesa County Library – Central Branch
530 Grand Ave. 

The Mesa County Library – Orchard Mesa
230 Lynwood St.

Greeley

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office
1950 O St. 

Lakewood

Wilbur Rogers Center
12100 W. Alameda Parkway

The Clements Community Center
1580 Yarrow St.

Willow Glen Senior Residences
1585 Kipling St.

Residences at Creekside
1700 Pierce St.

Leadville

The Leadville Senior Center
419 West 6th St.

Longmont

The Longmont Senior Center
910 Longs Peak Ave.

Pagosa Springs

The Silver Foxes Senior Center
451 Hot Springs Blvd.

Palisade

The Mesa County Library – Palisade
711 Iowa St. 

Penrose

The Penrose Senior Center
405 Broadway 

Pueblo

The AARP Information Center
1117 S. Prairie Ave. 

The Senior Resource Development Center
230 N. Union Ave.

Salida

The Salida Senior Center
305 F St.

Siebert

The Post Office/The Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office
113 Colorado Ave. 

Silver Cliff

The Silver Cliff Municipal Building
Main Street and Colorado Highway 96 

Stratton

The Post Office/The Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office
313 Colorado Ave. 

Trinidad

The South Central Council of Governments
300 S. Bonaventure Ave.

Vona

The Post Office/The Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office
1263 1st Ave.

Walsenburg

The Walsenburg Community Center
928 Russell Ave.

Wellington

The Leeper Senior Center
3800 Wilson Ave.

Wray

The Wray Senior Community Center
741 W. 7th St.

The Wray Police Department
326 W. 4th St.

Yuma

The Yuma Police Department
216 E. 3rd Ave.

Coloradans who do not have a drop site in their community can send their fraudulent mail to: 

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office
Attn: Mail Fraud Sweep
1525 Sherman St., Room 731
Denver, CO 80203

Suthers encouraged seniors to check out the charities or charitable solicitors sending them mail via www.checkthecharity.com, a site Suthers partnered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, the Colorado Nonprofit Association and Season to Share launched last year.

For more information on the campaign or mail fraud, visit www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/mailsweep.

 

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