A variety of scams are springing up in response to the June wildfires in Colorado. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office says the scams include fake charities and home repair fraud.
The AG’s Office is particularly concerned about charities. They remind Colorado residents that reputable organizations do not solicit for donations with robocalls or door-to-door solicitation.
“We need people to report scams that prey on their good intentions so we can stop these practices,” Attorney General John Suthers said.
They also warn about scam artists who go house to house posing as repairmen, contractors or handymen. The AG recommends consumers check out those businesses with the Better Business Bureau and ask for written contracts and references.
Anyone concerned about deceptive practices are asked to call the AG’s Consumer Complaint Line at 800-222-4444 or file an online report at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov.
In Colorado, the AG’s Office explains, consumers can also hire their own adjusters to help negotiate insurance payments. Some of those adjusters may overcharge for their services and disappear, while others may refer homeowners to disreputable contractors from whom they get a kickback.
Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is also available to assist with scams involving insurance claims. Consumers may contact DORA by calling 303-894-7490 or 800-930-3745or going online to www.askdora.colorado.gov and selecting the Division of Insurance.
Also, 11Call for Action volunteers will be working Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions relating to the Waldo Canyon Fire. They're available at 719-457-8211.