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AARP Colorado, May 24, 2010
Are you receiving phony charity and sweepstakes solicitations in your mail? Is your unsolicited junk mail overwhelming you? You are not alone. Consumers, especially seniors, are targeted by scammers every day with fraudulent mailers. We need your help to put a stop to it!
The Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and AARP ElderWatch have joined forces with more than 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.”
The campaign will ask seniors and their families to collect their fraudulent and suspicious mail between June 1 and June 25 and drop it off at a participating location. The mailings the Office of the Attorney General and AARP ElderWatch collect will be sorted through and destroyed following the end of the campaign.
It is also encouraged for 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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