Fraud icon iStockPhotoWhether it’s over the phone, through the mail, online or even at your door, scam artists are out there and they are looking for new ways to get you and your loved ones to open your wallets.   This summer, no matter where you live in South Dakota, you can learn how to outsmart the con artists, and arm yourself against the weapons of fraud.

Starting this June, AARP volunteers will hold educational sessions in every county in the state- all 66 of them – to share information and resources on fighting fraud.   The sessions include an inside look at how scammers think, first- hand accounts from victims, tips on how-to safeguard against identity theft and fraud, and information on what to do if you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft or fraud.   All the sessions are free, and anyone is welcome to attend.  AARP membership is not necessary to participate – so bring a friend or neighbor!   Check out our event calendar to find a session in a community near you.  We’ll be adding more sessions throughout the summer and fall, so if you don’t see an event near you, be sure to check back, or watch your mail for an announcement about upcoming opportunities in your area.

Want to know about the latest scams and frauds making the rounds in South Dakota?  Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Sign up to receive timely alerts and notifications by phone or email about new scams happening right here in South Dakota as they emerge.   We’ll also provide tips and information about what to do if you or someone you know has been a fraud victim.   Sign up on line to receive alerts via email, or call us at 1-866-542-8172 to receive alerts by phone.

Have you spotted a scam?  If you’ve received a phone call or email you think might be fraudulent, take an active role in fighting fraud and help protect your family, friends and neighbors by sharing it with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Our interactive map shows scams that have been identified by local law enforcement agencies as well as real people just like you.

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