DORA kicks off National Consumer Protection Week with a consumer protection open house and 'Take 5 to Get Wise' campaign

Join DORA, the Colorado Attorney General’s Stop Fraud Colorado, AARP Foundation ElderWatch and the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder on March 9 for a Consumer Protection Open House on financial safety for retirees and seniors


DENVER (March 4, 2016) -- The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) joined dozens of national organizations and agencies across America this week to recognize and celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12 (, #NCPW2016).
In honor of this important week, several local fraud-fighting partners — DORAStop Fraud Colorado from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the AARP Foundation’s ElderWatch program, and the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder  — have joined together to offer a special Consumer Protection Open House, which brings together multiple top-level professionals who will address financial safety for retirees and seniors.
Speakers include State Commissioners from DORA’s Banking, Financial Services, and Securities Divisions; the Senior Medicare Program Director; ElderWatch’s Senior Outreach Coordinator; the Communications Coordinator and Nonprofit Program Director for the BBB of Denver/Boulder; along with a special welcome from DORA Executive Director Joe Neguse.
These mini-presentations will be accompanied by question and answer sessions, including a host of information for attendees to take home. 
WHERE: Wheatridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling Street, Wheatridge
WHEN: Wednesday, March 9; 9 to 11 a.m. RSVP is not necessary
Breakfast snacks and coffee will be provided courtesy of the AARP Foundation.
Presentations include:
  • "The Importance of Fraud Reporting," by Alissa Gardenswartz, Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection Section of Attorney General's Office representing Stop Fraud Colorado.
  • "Identity Theft," by Mark Fetterhott, AARP Foundation ElderWatch.
  • "Top 10 Frauds of 2015," by Erin O'Neill, PR and Communications Coordinator, and Adriana Carmona, Nonprofit Program Director, Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder.
  • "Investment Fraud and Introduction to Senior Model Legislation," by Gerald Rome, Colorado Securities Commissioner.
  • "Maintaining Your Financial Health," by Chris Myklebust, State Bank Commissioner and Patty Salazar, Colorado Financial Services Commissioner.
  • "Safeguarding Medicare," from Senior Medicare Patrol Program Director Kim Latta.

Other Consumer Protection Week Happenings


This week, DORA relaunched its consumer awareness and education campaign, “Take 5 to Get Wise,” to help Coloradans understand the variety of tools and resources available to them to become smarter consumers and where to go for help. The effort includes an updated consumer information website — — along with public service announcements to reach both English and Spanish speaking audiences. The campaign introduces the "Ask DORA Owl." Follow the "Ask DORA Owl" on Facebook ( and on Twitter @DORAcolorado ( was developed by the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to support our mission of protecting consumers and businesses from the unscrupulous behavior of fraudsters operating throughout our state.  Follow us on Facebook (  and Twitter for a new Consumer Tip each day of National Consumer Protection Week. 
AARP Foundation ElderWatch Colorado is a program with the Colorado attorney general and AARP Foundation whose mission is to ensure that no older adults are left to suffer, alone and in silence, at the hands of those who exploit them. The program fights the financial exploitation of older Coloradans through education and outreach, data collection, and the providing of assistance. 
About DORA
The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675

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