Every day, Floridians lose money to scams and fraud while criminals get more sophisticated with their tactics. That’s why AARP has launched the Fraud Watch Network – a new campaign to fight identity theft and fraud and give you access to information about how to protect yourself and your family.
Anyone, of any age, can get our Watchdog Alerts to stay up on con artists’ latest tricks and find out what to do if you’ve been victimized. It’s free for everyone because AARP is committed to safeguarding Americans’ financial futures. The Watchdog Alerts are one component of our overall outreach plan, which also includes face-to- face education at the community level.
AARP Florida has trained volunteer speakers that are available to present to community groups, clubs, and organizations free of charge. We’d like you to meet two of these Fraud Fighters: Charlie Benz of Tallahassee and Harold Moldoff of West Palm Beach. Both Charlie and Harold received the necessary tools to get them on the speaking circuit in their local areas.
Charlie has given five presentations to date and has provided information to over 75 individuals. Charlie says the best part about being a Fraud Fighter is that he gets to share critical information that is helping people protect their identity and assets.
Charlie states, “The comments and questions I receive from the participants at every presentation show me how important and valuable the Fraud Watch Network is. Participants are going home with awareness of the sophisticated, planned and relentless attempts by criminals to steal their money and identity. They learn what actions can make them vulnerable to attacks and how to identify possible scams so they can avoid being a victim. They leave with knowledge, resources and an increased sense of vigilance that will serve them well for years to come. I leave being thankful that AARP created the Fraud Watch Network and that I have the privilege to be one of its messengers.”
In South Florida, Harold delivered two presentations to an audience totaling 100+. For Harold, the most rewarding aspect of these fraud fighting discussions is the interaction with attendees. “I enjoy their relevant questions and comments, their relating personal experiences and those of friends and relations, and their genuine appreciation for our providing them with awareness, safeguards and resources to contact prior to becoming victims of fraud.”
If you are interested in learning more about the Fraud Watch Network, go to aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.