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AARP Foundation ElderWatch Colorado is a program with the Colorado attorney general and AARP Foundation whose mission is to ensure that no older adults are left to suffer, alone and in silence, at the hands of those who exploit them. The program fights the financial exploitation of older Coloradans through education and outreach, data collection, and the providing of assistance. Learn more

About Elderwatch

AARP Foundation ElderWatch engages hundreds of volunteers each year to help older consumers recognize, refuse and report fraud and scams. This website provides additional information and tools to help protect consumers against financial exploitation.

Get Involved


Help raise awareness of fraud and scams by scheduling a presentation. For more information, email your contact information to Mark Fetterhoff.


Help others recognize, refuse and report fraud by volunteering with us. For more information, email your contact information to Mark Fetterhoff.

What's New

Defeating Deception: Gauging the Fraud Knowledge & Experience of Coloradans 50+

AARP Foundation Elderwatch commissioned Alan Newman Research to conduct a phone survey of Coloradans age 50 and older to gauge their experience with fraud or scams, their perception of fraud, knowledge of scams, and what measures they have taken to prevent being a target or victim or at risk for either.

New Interactive Tool to Educate You About Investment Fraud

Con 'Em If You Can puts you into the fictional world of Shady Acres where you learn first-hand about the types of persuasion tactics used to perpetuate financial fraud, and you accumulate wealth and strength by using these tactics on a range of targets

Listen With Your Heart, Give With Your Head: AARP Foundation 2016 Survey on Charitable Giving

AARP Foundation commissioned this Colorado survey gauging giving behavior and knowledge of charity fraud/prevention


Fraud & Scams

Recognize Fraud & Scams

The ability to recognize the persuasion tactics commonly used by scammers and those who would exploit us is instrumental for empowering people to refuse a scam.

Report Fraud & Scams

Knowing where to report a fraud or scam can be overwhelming. There are a lot of agencies working to fight this problem, but how do you know where to turn? Report as many details as you can about these scams so that we can share this information with agencies who can shut these scammers down.

Refuse Fraud & Scams

Once you recognize a potential scam, it’s important that you know how to refuse becoming a victim. An important thing to remember is to ask questions and take your time before ever making any kind of financial decision.


Featured Programs & Services

AARP Foundation SCSEP

55 or older, unemployed and looking for work? The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) can help you get on-the-job training.

Work for Yourself at 50+

AARP Foundation's Work for Yourself @50+ provides free tools and resources to help you become self-employed and improve your financial situation.


We are partnering with workforce services providers to strengthen the bridge between 50+ job candidates and respected employers.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps

Experience Corps is a literacy program that utilizes highly trained volunteers age 50 and over to help struggling students become great readers.