Learn How to Fight Fraud

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

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As part of the Connecticut Elder Justice Coalition, AARP Connecticut is working with state, federal and community agencies to prevent fraud.

AARP is making presentations to community groups across the state, encouraging everyone to sign up for watchdog alerts and stay abreast of current scams through the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Those who sign up can warn others about their personal experiences with fraud or talk to someone for help.

“Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money,” said Erica Michalowski, AARP associate state director for community outreach.

“Older adults are often targets of fraud and are more likely to lose money.”

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communityhost moderator 5pts

Yes, mg6927. The Fraud Watch Network, from AARP, is a good place to get information on internet safety. And, the free ebook, Protecting Yourself Online for Dummies is a great place to start.



mg6927
mg6927 5pts

I received this email.  Is it really from AARP?

Protect yourself from online scammers with AARP's Fraud Watch Network.Last year, nearly half of Americans were hacked in cyber-attacks. How can you protect yourself from the latest scams? 

You've probably heard about sweepstakes, dating scams, and gold coin scams, but what you haven't heard about are the latest tricks con artists are using to steal your hard-earned money. 

Beat the con artists at their own game by joining theAARP Fraud Watch Network. You'll receive our free e-book "Protecting Yourself Online for Dummies"along with tips like these on how to protect yourself from computer hackers:•Don't share anything you don't have to. That includes your SSN at the doctor's office or on medical forms (if needed, your insurer can provide it); where you live, work, shop, or vacation on social media; or any personal or financial information in phone calls or emails you do not initiate.•Monitor your financial life. Check your bank and credit card statements at least weekly for quick indicators of fraud. Access your free credit reports every four months at AnnualCreditReport.com.•Be a smart shopper. Given recent events at some department stores, it might be wise to check your credit or debit card statements after shopping there. Never ship or do any financial transaction, including checking banking or credit card accounts on public Wi-Fi networks. And, when online shopping, type website addresses yourself; relying on links in emails, advertisement or online searches can take you to a scammer-run site or download malware to your computer.
For more tips from law enforcement and con artists themselves, join the Fraud Watch Network today. When you join, you'll get, at no cost to you:

1.Watchdog Alerts, with the latest breaking scams, delivered to your email box.2.

Access to a network of people who are sharing their experiences with fraud so you know what to look out for.

3.Prevention tips based on interviews with law enforcement and con artists themselves.4.A scam-tracking map featuring the latest scam alerts from law enforcement in your state.

Sign up now and get a free copy of our e-book Protecting Yourself Online for Dummies.