DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers congratulated AARP ElderWatch today on its 10 years of work in preventing senior fraud and educating seniors on the dangers of consumer fraud, identity theft and other scams.
“There is no denying that AARP ElderWatch has had a tremendous effect on seniors in Colorado,” Suthers said. “From educating them about common scams to fielding seniors’ calls about issues they face, ElderWatch has been an extraordinarily effective program. It has been one of the most resounding successes of this office. We look forward to continuing to work with AARP ElderWatch for decades to come.”
Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar partnered with the AARP Foundation to form the ElderWatch program in September 2001following the recommendation of the Statewide Senior Fraud Conference of 1999. Over the past decade, AARP ElderWatch has:
- Provided one-on-one assistance to help nearly 8,000 seniors with their consumer issues;
- Given presentations on how to protect themselves from scams and frauds to roughly 80,000 Coloradans;
- Organized shredding events that have protected nearly 9,000 seniors from identity theft; and,
- Contacted and educated roughly 250,000 Colorado seniors about consumer fraud using an outbound reverse-boilers-room call center.
“Through the generous support of the Attorney General’s Office, AARP ElderWatch has helped thousands of seniors and their families learn how to recognize, refuse and report fraud,” AARP ElderWatch Director Amy Nofziger said. “This project has shown strong outcomes in older adults learning how to protect themselves from fraud.”
To learn more about AARP ElderWatch or to learn about its work in Colorado, visit www.aarpelderwatch.org.