Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used by scammers to create "deepfakes" of people using images, video, and/or audio of their target. They can create a pretty authentic looking image or audio of you saying something you didn't say, or doing something you didn't do. One tip to ensure you don't fall for this scam is to have a secret word only you and your family/friends know and to ask for that word in the event you're suspicious of contact that seems off, especially if they're asking you for money.More Info
The Denver District Attorney posted the following about this scam: "This scam has been active for at least the past year and does not seem to be going away. Here’s the scam: The department’s name and number appear on a victim’s caller ID. When the victim answers, the “Sheriff” tells them they have been served a subpoena for failing to appear in court and must pay a fine. In order to pay the fine, the victim must bring cash or bitcoin to the Lindsey Flannigan Courthouse, in person. Not only is this a scam, but it is very unsafe to meet someone who initiates a call to you, no matter what the circumstances. Keep in mind, that if you ever get an unexpected call from anyone, from the Denver Sheriff Department or anyone else, and they ask for any personal information or say you owe money, hang up. The caller is most likely a thief. We encourage the community to be aware of these recent scams and alert family members and friends. Call our Denver DA Fraud Line at 720-913-9179 if you think someone has tried to scam you, and, please, pass this information along to your friends and family."More Info
The Attorney General's office for Colorado recently issued a warning about scams from people saying they're from the government. We copy their advice below. Click on the link to learn more. "Know that the government will never call, text, email, or contact you on social media saying you owe money. If you get a link from someone claiming to be the IRS or another government agency, don't click on it. It's a scam. Government agencies do send out letters to make contact with individuals, so should you receive an official looking letter, look up the telephone number for that agency and contact them directly. Say no to anyone who contacts you claiming to be from a government agency and asking for personal information or payment. Know that government agencies and their employees don't ask people to send money for prizes, unpaid loans, or back taxes nor are they permitted to ask you to wire money, add money to a prepaid debit card, or send gift cards. If you're unsure whether the threat is legitimate, look up the official number for the government agency, office, or employee. Then, contact the organization or agency directly to inquire about the legitimacy of the call. Do not attempt to call any phone number back provided by a caller. Always look up any telephone number you wish to call as scammers will provide fake numbers in an attempt to steal money or personal information."More Info
Don't get scammed by a Facebook personality quiz!
You know those Facebook quizzes that ask what your first car was, where you went to sixth grade, your first pet's name? Well, they might not be so innocent. Notice how some of those questions are also security questions for your online accounts? Don't get scammed by a Facebook quiz. Click on the link to learn more.More Info
Many thanks to the Denver District Attorney for their advice on this scam: "Scammers are targeting owners of lost pets to extort cash or bitcoin. They get your phone number from lost dog posters or posts on Nextdoor. In one example the scammer called the owner claiming to be the animal shelter and said in order to retrieve the dog the owner would have to pay for a vaccine before the dog would be released. Animal shelters don’t operate that way. A caller to our fraud line said she asked the finder to show her a picture of her Fiddo. The scammer pulled a photo of the breed of dog from the internet and blurred out the dog’s face. As if the owner would fall for that. Obviously, some scammers aren’t that smart. Speaking of Nextdoor, the app can be very helpful for sharing neighborhood information, selling items, and looking for help, but it can also be an avenue for scammers. Use skepticism when reading these posts. Nextdoor recently posted a warning about scams surrounding bargain items."More Info
Mark Rober used to work for NASA and Apple. Nowadays, he puts out videos on YouTube like this one titled Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer. It's an educational look behind the scenes of those really annoying phone calls. Please share with the folks you know who are too trusting.More Info
Women Against Registry distributed a letter they received from a member who had been contacted by someone claiming to be a police officer. The letter reads: “On Sept. 30 I received a call from someone claiming to be a police officer saying that I was now non-compliant and would be arrested if I didn’t bring $3500 to the county courthouse to post bail. He went on to say I had been sent a registered letter and had signed for it and had missed a court appointed hearing date. This was all a scam, which I got sucked into because I knew people who have been arrested, without warning for similar circumstances. It was also made possible because the registry is ‘public.’ These scammers had access to that information. I nearly went through with the scam and spent over an hour on the phone with this guy because he said I had to stay on the phone with him until I reached the courthouse. I thought that was very odd, but I complied, not wanting to be arrested. I finally realized it was a scam when he told me I had to convert cash into electronic cards. When I finally realized that the cards, he was talking about were “GIFT” Cards, I hung up and called my registry office. I was glad that the officer picked up immediately and I told him what had just happened. He told me it was definitely a scam and that there were no warrants on me.”More Info
Don't get scammed!
We're hearing about people getting scammed right out of prison. You can learn more at StopFraudColorado.gov, a website provided by the Attorney General's office. Learn about mail fraud, telemarketing fraud, medicaid fraud, creditor fraud, and more! You can also learn how to report fraud.More Info
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