New Colorado Identity Theft Network

It's my job to keep on top of these scams so hopefully you won't become a victim.

We're talking fake checks delivered to your door with crooks claiming you've won a sweepstakes... a con artist sending you too much money for that item you're selling on craigslist... or a scammer calling you on the phone, crying... impersonating a relative in trouble.

That kind of fraudulent acitivity lands Colorado at the top of the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Report with more than 21,000 people filing fraud complaints.

As far as identity theft, the fastest growing crime in the U.S. Colorado ranks 11th, behind states like California, Texas, and New York.

It all happened really quick!" says Tiffany Stocker, who works in the KKTV Sales Department.

We took an informal poll here at KKTV to see how many people had been victims of identity theft. More than half had encountered problems. Tiffany says a woman impersonated her, opening accounts all over town.

Tiffany explains, "I mean they spent about $15-20,000. They opened that up in instant credit accounts at about five different stores."

To combat ID theft, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is creating a statewide network called ITAN, identity theft advocacy network.

It will compile a directory, a list of those statewide who deal with victims. That will help everyone involved work together across county lines.

Next, authorities will look for any gaps and offer training to those who deal with ID theft cases. The goal... making sure all core responders are well trained and coordinated in their efforts.

The CBI has a 24-hour, toll free hotline. If you're a victim of identity theft looking for help, just call this number.

It's 1-855-443-3489.

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  • by Arlina Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    I guess I am an idiot. I lived with someone for years that I trusted. In the meantime she was using a credit card in my name, to the tune of 16,000. She was forging check sent by the credit card company with my name. She forged my name to remove joint investments we had. She opened a PO box with my name on it to receive the statements. Long story, but digging my way out was not pleasant. Trust nobody! Thank-you Betty for any help to stop these dishonest people.
  • by sure thing Location: colorado springs on Jan 10, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    y'know, I keep waiting for someone to steal my identity...they'd be awfully dissapointed!
  • by funny on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    This might work better if colorad state patrol troopers are not told to stop arresting people with fake social security cards and fake Mexican driver licenses. Oh I am sorry all they do is write speeding tickets and such for revenue for the state. Truth hurts and watch all the people tell this is not true. See I got proof.
  • by Erin S. on Jan 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    All of the examples in the second paragraph? These are called "things which only an idiot falls for". The reason these things keep working (and so, people keep trying them) is because their victims are dumb enough to fall for it. Use some common sense people!
  • by mark Location: monument on Jan 7, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    That's great but, what are merchants doing to help?
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