DENVER— A popular telephone scam targeting older citizens has taken a threatening new twist. The grandparent scam is often perpetrated when an older adult is called by someone pretending to be a grandchild or relative. The caller may claim they were arrested in a foreign country for drunk driving or were involved in a car accident. They ask the potential victim to send money so they can return home safely and not to tell anyone so they don’t get into more trouble.
Press Room & Announcements
For a complete list of all press releases including those from other sections of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office click here.
DENVER—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected Apple Inc.’s challenge to the ruling in State of Texas, et al. v. Penguin Group (USA) Inc., et. al. The appellate court affirmed the lower court’s finding that Apple conspired with several publishers to set prices on eBooks, an agreement that raised prices for consumers.
DENVER—This spring, Colorado has experienced extreme weather, leaving many homeowners with costly damage from water and hail. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman is reaching out to homeowners to warn them of phony home repair contractor scams.
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today that her office has sent out checks totaling approximately $450,000 to homeowners who were improperly charged posting and title foreclosure costs by the former foreclosure law firm The Law Office of Michael P. Medved. Homeowners were overcharged by having to pay the law firm’s fees as part of making their mortgage current when they stopped their foreclosure through cure or reinstatement.
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today a $158 million settlement with Verizon and Sprint regarding wireless cramming charges. This agreement resolves allegations that Verizon and Sprint charged wireless customers for unauthorized third-party services. Of the $158 million, approximately $120 million will go directly to consumers who were victims.
DENVER— Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today that her office has filed a civil lawsuit in Denver District Court against Freedom Stores Inc., d/b/a/ Freedom Furniture & Electronics, Military Credit Services, LLC, and Freedom Acceptance Corporation. These companies have repeatedly broken Colorado lending and consumer protection laws in their aggressive pursuit of military customers.
DENVER –Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman is warning consumers to beware of scams trying to exploit the recent earthquake in Nepal. During the aftermath of natural disasters, many people want to do their part by giving to charity in order to help victims and their families during their time of crisis. Unfortunately, scam artists prey on the generosity of others by soliciting for fraudulent donations.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today that the State has secured a record $1 million civil penalty against Popo Wee Mart, LLC, a former Colorado Springs convenience store, and its owner, Jin Ju Kim, for selling illegal synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as Spice, at the store. The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section sued Popo Wee Market and Jin Ju Kim in May 2014 for continuing to sell Spice products at the store despite an earlier seizure of all its illegal products by law enforcement agents.
DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced today that her office has sent out more than 20,000 checks to homeowners who were improperly charged false and inflated foreclosure costs by foreclosure law firm Aronowitz & Mecklenburg, LLP. Attorney General Coffman contracted with a third-party Administrator to send out the payments totaling over $7.7 million. Homeowners eligible for these payments cured, reinstated, or entered a loan modification to stop a foreclosure initiated through Aronowitz & Mecklenburg.
DENVER—The Colorado Attorney General’s Office today announced that the Colorado Statewide Grand Jury indicted Robert Scott Wiens, age 52, for securities fraud. Wiens was arrested on a golf course by officers with the Broomfield Police Department. The 19-count indictment alleges securities fraud, theft, and forgery and resulted from tight collaboration between the Colorado Division of Securities at the Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Attorney General’s Office’s Financial Fraud Unit.
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 10th Floor
Denver, CO 80203