Watch out for scams, Durango police warn

The Durango Police Department is warning the public about several scams circulating in the community that aim to dupe residents out of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.The scams, which have...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Iron Horse bike race reports fraud

Numerous people who registered for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic may be victims of credit-card fraud, race officials said Thursday.At least 20 people reported fraudulent activity since Sunday,...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

For a Ponzi payout, call the tooth fairy

The typical advice investors receive about financial fraud is this: If it sounds too good to be true, then it is.But that advice too often is ignored.An investigation by The Durango Herald into a...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

After the scheme collapses, scammers recede into shadows

They have never met, but Alan Yoder and Ray Fite have something in common.They both lost much of their retirement savings to a shadowy entity known as Methwold International Finance Co.Yoder, of...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scammers often earn victims’ trust through shared hopes, dreams, beliefs

Fred Baker was no ordinary Ponzi schemer.He was a misguided investor who thought he could game the Ponzi system and felt bad when the plan fell apart, his lawyer said at his 2011 sentencing.And he...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

A man, a plan, a scam

Back in 2006, Frederick H.K. Baker came to Durango and dangled the promise of safe, easy money. With his secret formula for trading foreign currency, select investors could make a guaranteed 10...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sorry PayPal users, refund email a scam

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an online scam targeting PayPal customers.Fraudulent notifications about a bogus refund are being emailed to residents that attempt to...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

100s of credit cards hacked

The Durango Police Department is warning residents about a large-scale debit- and credit-card fraud that occurred last month and earlier this month at Mama’s Boy Italian Ristorante.All credit and...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ponzi victims recount anguish

Victims of a $1 million-plus Ponzi scheme based in Durango last week expressed anger and humiliation at losing thousands – some even tens of thousands – of dollars.The Durango Herald was provided...

DATE: March 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Used car dealer asks judge for jury trial

A former Durango car dealer who pleaded guilty to theft and fraud plans to take his chances at a jury trial rather than accept 12 years in prison.By asking that the case be set for trial, Roger W....

DATE: Feb. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pacemaker busts Florida fugitives

A Florida couple wanted by the FBI on suspicion of stealing about $10 million have been arrested recently at Mercy Regional Medical Center after doctors identified the man through his...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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