4800 West 92nd Avenue Westminster, CO 80031

Safety

 

Senior Corner

Senior Citizen Liaison Officer - Detective Jessica Beren

Detective Beren is the Senior Citizen Liaison Officer with the Westminster Police Department. She has years of experience with home safety concerns and crimes against the elderly. Detective Beren is eager to share her knowledge with seniors. If you have personal or community safety concerns, please contact Detective Beren by calling 303-658-4415. (click on "Detective Beren" to the left to send her an email)

A message from Jessica Beren -

"I attend multiple weekly meetings with Senior groups.  Attending these meetings allows me to meet face to face with the Seniors in our community, but it keeps me away from my desk and phone.  It is easiest for me to respond to your concerns by email.  Feel free to send me your concerns and issues so I can promptly respond, even when I am out of the office.  If you need immediate assistance, call 911."  Jessica Beren, Senior Liaison Officer

Send an e-mail to Detective Beren

 

Phone Scams

Phone scams continue to be a significant problem in the U.S. Many times the criminals are using "pay as you go phones" so they are not traceable. If you recieve a phone call you are not sure is legitimate, hang up and call the company back or call the police department 303 658 4360. Please visit the below link for the most common phone scams and don't become a victim http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

 

Prevent Financial Elder Abuse!

Call us Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. MT
Our trained volunteer specialists are here to listen and provide assistance.

Recognize, Refuse, Report.

1-800-222-4444, option 2

Denver Metro Area

303-222-4444

www.aarpelderwatch.org

 

IRS Imposters

Slick scam artists are finding ways to target innocent Coloradans through one of the largest scams of its time: the IRS imposter scam.

This scam occurs when citizens receive aggressive phone calls claiming to be from the IRS. Con artists use fake names and false IRS identification badge numbers in order to appear legitimate. Victims are told that they owe money to the IRS and it must be immediately paid through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

If the innocent party refuses to cooperate, the scam artist becomes hostile and threatens to arrest or deport the victim within 30 minutes or issue a suspension of their driver’s license. In other cases, victims are told that they are eligible for a refund and are tricked into sharing private information. If the victim does not answer the phone, the con artists often leave a threatening “urgent” callback request.

According to the IRS, the agency will not contact citizens and demand immediate payment without a written notice. The contacted party is given the opportunity to dispute the outstanding tax claim and will never be asked to pay the amount owed through a specific means of payment over the phone. The IRS further claims that it will never threaten to bring in law enforcement authorities to have citizens arrested for not complying with an IRS agent.

Remember, it is best not to answer phone calls if you don’t recognize the number calling you. And always remember to verify the identity of someone calling you by contacting that agency directly or by checking with an objective, third-party organization.

If an IRS imposter reaches out to you, it is best to report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or www.tigta.gov. And don’t ever hesitate to call an ElderWatch volunteer specialist to report any concerns.

 

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