Attorney General, Secretary of State to visit Colorado communities to wrap up statewide anti-fraud campaign

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he will visit Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Salida and Wray to thank the communities for supporting a statewide anti-mail fraud campaign he launched last month in partnership with AARP ElderWatch and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Secretary of State Bernie Buescher will join Suthers at the Colorado Springs and Pueblo events to meet with community members and distribute consumer protection pamphlets.

“Nearly two dozen nonprofits, senior centers and law enforcement agencies joined with us to raise awareness of the problem of fake charities ripping off Coloradans,” Suthers said. “This tour is about thanking these communities for helping us make Coloradans even more fraud savvy. It is only because of their participation that we can prevent future victimization of Colorado consumers.”

The Attorney General will appear at:

  • The Wray Senior Community Center, 741 W. 7th Ave., at noon on Thursday, July 8;
  • The Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, 139 E. 3rd St. in Salida, at noon on Tuesday, July 13;
  • The Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14; and,
  • The AARP Information Center, 1117 S. Prairie Ave., in Pueblo, at noon on Wednesday, July 14.

The campaign collected fraudulent charity mailings throughout June. The collected mailings 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.

For more information on the mail sweep, visit www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/mailsweep. There you also can find a list of all of the sites that participated in the statewide campaign. Consumers also can 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.

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