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— A recent study showed that military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams. The study, conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, found that more than twice as many veterans as non-veterans lost money to scam artists during the past five years. Some of the scams were aimed specifically at programs and charities geared to veterans. Military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams, a new study shows. The study, …

— 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 …

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— Relationships gone wrong can result in more than hurt feelings. For victims of online dating scams, the cost could be financial as well. The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received nearly 15,000 complaints of romance scams nationwide in 2016, with losses exceeding $230 million. Typically, the con artist feigns romantic interest to gain a victim’s affection, then faces a “crisis” and asks for money. AARP Georgia will host a panel discussion on romance scams this fall and is asking members …

— AARP Georgia and Safe Kids Cobb County are collaborating during Earth Day to host this event to help community members protect their personal and financial assets. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network, 3,083,379 total consumer complaints were collected in 2015. Florida, Georgia, and Michigan were the top three states for fraud and other complaints. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Fight back against fraud at the AARP Operation: Stop …

— Learn wherever you are, virtually, about tax-related identity theft and IRS imposter scams — and what you can do about them — in free webinars and other events during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 30-February 3. Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP Foundation, and partners on tips. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0029-tax-identity-theft-awareness-week

— The holidays are a time for joy and giving. Don’t let scammers ruin the season. AARP Georgia reminds Peach Staters to be cautious when shopping, expecting packages or making donations. Common holiday scams include shopping apps that capture personal financial information, fake gift cards, theft of packages delivered to your porch, shady charities and fake sweepstakes that require a cash transfer to pay “taxes” before collecting a “prize.” In 2015, Georgia ranked second per capita in consumer fraud complaints and …

— As part of its ongoing Fraud Watch Network efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Georgia is joining with Savannah Riverkeeper and local city agencies to host the Rivers Alive Recycling Event on October 29 in Augusta to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. Event Details: Saturday, October 29, 2016 9am-noon New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam 1853 Lock and Dam Road Augusta, GA 30906   At the Rivers Alive Recycling …

— Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has teamed with nationally renowned security expert and AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale for a campaign to raise public awareness of frauds and scams. The campaign includes public service announcements and social media content featuring videotaped comments from both Abagnale and Sam Olens. Abagnale is the former con artist whose story was portrayed by the popular book and 2002 movie, “Catch Me If You Can.”  For the past four decades Abagnale has consulted …

— Living safely involves more than keeping streets crime-free. It also means steering clear of scammers online. AARP Georgia will help on both fronts by hosting a National Night Out in Macon-Bibb on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with presentations across the city from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. AARP volunteers will join with police officers, firefighters and local officials to promote safe, livable neighborhoods and to inform people how to identify and avoid scams by using resources available through the AARP Fraud …

— As part of its ongoing efforts to help families avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Georgia joined with Cascade United Methodist Church, Action Ministries Feed the Hungry,  and the Better Business Bureau to sponsor “Shred Fest 2016” – an event which provided free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. On April 30 at Cascade United Methodist Church, 12 AARP Georgia volunteers participated by registering people in their cars, passing out water and snacks to participants, helping …