Mile-high collaboration

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The law enforcement community recently came together in Denver at a Common Ground Conference sponsored by the Colorado Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission. Speakers included the District Attorney's office that serves Adams and Broomfield Counties, the US Attorney's office, the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation, the FCC, SEC, CFPB, the US Postal Inspection Service, the US Secret Service, AARP, Consumers Union, the Better Business Bureau, and representatives from the Judge Advocate General's Corps from Buckley Air Force Base. 

What did we learn? Among other things:

  • Collaboration among the attorneys general, the FTC and the FCC has reduced mobile cramming (packing unauthorized charges onto cell phone bills), and resulted in millions of dollars in fines paid by companies like T-Mobile.
  • Some for-profit schools are finding new and creative ways to get money from students — promising things they can't deliver and luring students into loans they can't afford. And the law enforcement community in Colorado, and around the country, is paying attention.
  • There's significant collaboration among law enforcement in Colorado. For example, when agencies with criminal authority are building a case to put the scammer away, they work appropriately with civil law enforcement agencies which can shut down the scheme and freeze their assets.

We also discussed payday lending, debt collection, scams that target military personnel and veterans, and all the consumer education resources available for free.

Cynthia Coffman, Attorney General of the State of Colorado, kicked off the day and captured the tone of the entire day. “The problem for all of us is that, as consumer complaints continue to grow, our resources do not. Individually, we do not have the advocates, investigators or prosecutors to address all of these consumer issues, let alone even just the most egregious ones. But together, working cooperatively on many of these issues, we can have a much greater impact.”

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Money & Credit


I believe the downfall of the modern world will be the cellular data equipment in the world due to careless users. It seems to be affecting everything from security, safety and privacy data that is required to use computers, iPhones and iPads. No matter how careful one is, your data can get stolen and therefore your privacy is invaded. My rule is never to give personal information or answer calls I do not recognize.

Another major problem is that random drug testing is not being done on persons like airline pilots, over the road truck drivers, school bus drivers. Companies when they are doing them are not following federal collection guidelines and the ones being tested know when the test is being done or the companies are calling in persons who are retired or known to be clean who are taking the tests.


If you have trouble with a bank, you can file a complaint online with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or call them at 855-411-2372.

good that these peoples came together. bad that the conference was not open to the public? and most probably this kinda conference needs to be in the regions New York,Texas,Florida,California!i know i will want to attend!

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