AARP New Mexico is conducting an Operation Stop Scams event, offering free document shredding, this Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Road, in Santa Fe, next to the old Sears building.  The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants are limited to two Xerox-type boxes or 50 pounds of materials.

“This is the event we had hoped to have last April when that surprise snow storm shut things down,” said Gary Williams, AARP New Mexico Associate State Director for Community Outreach.

“It took a some time to get the trucks rescheduled and make sure we could get the word back out to people in the Santa Fe area on what the new date would be,” Williams said.

“We hope that people will take advantage of the opportunity to get their documents safely shredded. Identity theft keeps growing and we want people to take steps to protect their personal and financial information. Shredding documents is one way to do that,” he said.

Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network – to arm people of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is a free resource to help you protect yourself and your family from identity theft and scams. Anyone of any age can access:

  • The latest scam alerts, delivered right to your inbox;
  • A scam tracking map featuring warnings from local law enforcement and first-hand accounts of breaking scams from people in your state;
  • The Con Artist Playbook – interviews with con artists who reveal how they steal your hard-earned money; and
  • A fraud hotline you can call to talk to a trained volunteer for advice if you are worried you or a loved one has been scammed or if you suspect a scam in your community.

“AARP New Mexico conducts presentations across the state informing people on the latest scammers tricks and how people can take some simple steps to protect their identify and avoid telephone scammers. If anyone is interested in having such a presentation conducted in their community, they can call me at the number below,” Williams said.

For more information on the shredding event or the Fraud Watch Network call 1-866-389-5636 x733601

(Photo caption: AARP New Mexico volunteers help people unload at previous shredding event.) 

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