Judicial Department warns against collection-agency phone scams

Jon Sarché, public information coordinator

Colorado Judicial Department

Co Judicial districtThe Colorado Judicial Department has received reports of telephone scams involving fake debt-collection agencies who threaten people with arrest warrants operating in at least three judicial districts in the state. Consumers who receive calls regarding debt collection related to court cases always have the option of contacting the clerk’s office in the appropriate court to try to verify the call, or contacting law enforcement to investigate.
Contact information for court clerks’ offices may be found on the Judicial Branch web site by clicking on the appropriate judicial district at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Choose.cfm.
Consumers who receive threatening debt-collection calls are advised not to provide the
caller with any financial information (for example, bank account or credit card numbers) or personal information (such as name, address, Social Security number) and not to send
money or make payment authorization over the phone. Even if the caller has information
about the court case or personal information, do not respond with payment information.
Instead, contact the court to verify that a payment needs to be made. Complaints regarding threatening debt-collection calls may be filed with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office by visiting
https://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/cab_consumer_complaint_form. Complaints also may
be filed directly with the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.ftc.gov and the FBI
Internet Crimes Unit at http://www.ic3.gov.