Tips to Stay Cyber Safe for Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-05T12:16:22+00:00">October 5, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

In honor of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we have collected six valuable tips to help you and your family stay cyber secure: Create strong passwords. In fact, instead of a password, create a passphrase. Make it something unique to you and easy to remember. For example, if you’re a pie lover, your passphrase could be Ilovechocolatepie. Like to golf? How about Golfismyfavoriteactivity. Think of something that would be easy for you to remember, but hard for a thief to crack. …

Watch Out For These Social Media Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-02T08:00:00+00:00">October 2, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-27T18:02:55+00:00">September 27, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

Social media scams come in many shapes and sizes. Two fast-moving scams we’ve seen lately are fake ads on social media sites and promotions for phony genealogy sites. The goal with both is to steal from you, whether it’s your hard earned money or your identity. How it Works: With online shopping scams, con artists post ads for too-good-to-be-true deals on hot items, like designer eyewear. The ads can show up as a sponsored post in your feed, or as …

The Equifax Breach: What You Need To Know

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-27T17:12:01+00:00">September 27, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-27T18:04:44+00:00">September 27, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit bureaus, recently announced that a data breach likely compromised the information of approximately 143 million Americans.  The media swirl that ensured has left many people confused and alarmed. What You Should Know As a credit-reporting agency, Equifax collects information about consumers and how we handle our financial obligations. Equifax and other credit bureaus sell this information to lenders and credit-scoring companies to determine our eligibility for loans and lines of credit, and …

Beware of “Smishing” – Scams by Text

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-17T11:31:00+00:00">September 17, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-27T17:35:41+00:00">September 27, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

Smishing is when scammers use text messaging to lure targets into sharing credit card numbers and other personal information. The name comes from combining Short Message Service or SMS (the technology used for text messages on cell phones) with phishing. How it Works: Scammers send hundreds, or even thousands, of text messages at a time in the hope that even just a few recipients take the bait. The text is urgent – you need to click on a link or …

AARP Funds A Quick Action Community Project in SD To Make Communities More Livable

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-07T11:28:53+00:00">September 7, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-07T11:43:16+00:00">September 7, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

AARP South Dakota is excited to announce a local winner of the AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change at the community-level. The winning project comes from NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources in Rapid City, SD.  The project was one of 89 grants funded nationally through the AARP Community Challenge grant competition and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “South Dakota is full of vibrant neighborhoods and communities,” said AARP South Dakota State Director, Erik Gaikowski. “AARP …

Stay on Top of Scams in SD with the AARP Scam-Tracking Map

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-08-23T09:40:12+00:00">August 23, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

No matter where you live, fraud is never far away. Protect yourself by knowing what to watch out for in your own area – and warn others by reporting your own experiences with the AARP Fraud Watch Network’s scam-tracking map. How it Works:   Visit our interactive scam-tracking map to find out about scams happening across the country and close to home. Click on alert icons to read reported scams in your local area. Use our pull-down menu to see law enforcement alerts …

Hang up on Tech Support Scams!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-08-07T08:00:00+00:00">August 7, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-08-04T13:03:24+00:00">August 4, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

Scammers have gotten good at convincing unsuspecting victims that they have a computer virus. Their end game is to take your money or gain access to your personal financial information. How it Works:   You get a call or see a pop-up message on your computer warning that you have a virus (the caller will claim to be from Microsoft or Apple or another well-known tech company). They convince you to give them remote access to your computer so they …

Government Grant Scam Hits Facebook

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-07-31T17:03:21+00:00">July 31, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

The federal government grant scam has been around for years but now, scammers are finding new targets through social media. How it Works:   You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government. They suggest that you could be eligible, too. You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and are told you qualify — all you have to do is send a …

IRS Imposters Don’t Take Summer Break

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-17T08:00:00+00:00">July 17, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-16T12:41:34+00:00">July 16, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

IRS imposters are back at their old game – but this time, with a new twist. The IRS has reported that this current scam is being seen all across the country. How it Works:   Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters about an outstanding tax bill, but the letters were returned as undeliverable. The scammer threatens immediate arrest unless the tax bill is paid using a prepaid debit card. The scammer falsely …

Beware of Home Security System Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-06-29T10:25:33+00:00">June 29, 2017</time> by AARP South Dakota

The summer months unleash door-to-door sales agents in communities across the country.  The AARP SD Fraud Watch Network has already received reports of a scam run by con artists claiming to be from a home security company.  While many home security companies conduct legitimate business using door-to-door sales agents, be wary of anyone using high pressure or scare tactics or those creating a false sense of urgency. These are common traits of a scam! How it Works:   Be wary …