— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— Best-selling Author & Subject of Movie Catch Me If You Can to Present September 27 In a joint collaboration, AARP Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Office of Continuing Education will host a free fraud prevention event featuring Frank W. Abagnale – one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents – on Wednesday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with an informational fair, followed by the main event at 7p.m. Abagnale, who has advised …

— Frank Abagnale—who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than 40 years—will offer tips on how to avoid identity theft on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Central Connecticut State University. He is a corporate consultant on cybercrime and AARP Fraud Watch Network ambassador. His remarks will cap off an event sponsored by AARP Connecticut. Abagnale was a successful scammer in his youth, posing as an airline pilot, attorney and doctor and cashing millions in bogus checks …

— By Karen Ali Two years ago, Greenwich police Detective Mark Solomon joined forces with AARP’s Fraud Watch Network to help it stay one step ahead of increasingly aggressive con artists. “In some of the most serious cases, such as kidnapping scams, they are threatening people over the phone—threatening to kill people,” said Solomon, state chapter president of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI). He added that these crooks are always “perfecting and honing their skills.” Besides working with …

— You are invited to an open house and fraud prevention demonstration at a People’s United Bank West Hartford and Norwalk branch on Tuesday, March 21, and Friday, March 24, respectively. Both events will start at 11 a.m. AARP Fraud Watch Network  and People’s United Bank  have teamed up and will unveil a unique, interactive kiosk designed to educate people on staying safe from frauds and scams. The kiosk features a tablet preloaded with a specially developed app that allows users …

— You are invited to watch the live stream of an AARP Connecticut tele-town hall to inform and educate consumers on protecting themselves from consumer fraud on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. Consumer fraud and crime prevention experts will provide tips on securing personal financial documents, ID Theft Protection and preventing you or your loved ones from financial exploitation. Guests for the call are Moderator Nora Duncan, State Director AARP Connecticut; Det. Mark Solomon of the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task …

— From conversations on creating a secure financial future, to learning how to protect yourself against fraud, to discovering your “what’s next,” to gaining skills for a job search, and more,  AARP Connecticut hosts numerous events across a wide variety of topics in communities throughout the state every month. The events are open to the public, and while some require registration, others do not. For questions, contact AARP Connecticut Community Outreach Director Erica Michalowski at 860-548-3163 or emichalowski@aarp.org. Read about a …

— East Hartford Event to Provide Safe Destruction of Documents & Electronics As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Connecticut is joining with the EnviroShredCT, a social enterprise of Easterseals Capital Region, and Better Business Bureau to host a Fight Fraud & Knock Out Waste Free Shred & E-Scrap Event – an opportunity to safely dispose of outdated and unwanted personal documents and electronics for free. The event will be held on …

— This week’s ‪#‎WatchdogWednesday tip is brought to you by Zuko! Though it can be exhausting constantly watching out for scams, we are here to help!  Check out our scam-tracking map to see what’s popping up in your state.  We’re collecting tips from folks like you, and also including alerts from law enforcement and attorney general offices: http://www.aarp.org/fraudmap

— AARP Connecticut staff and volunteers were at Central Connecticut State University today for a free Lunch & Learn AARP Fraud Watch Network: Inside the Mind of a Criminal forum. It was the third successful free AARP Connecticut community offering hosted by the Office of Continuing Education at CCSU this summer. An AARP Life Reimagined event kicked off the relationship on June 29 and was followed by one for Living Longer, Living Smarter on July 21. Check back soon for details …