— There are thousands of scammers praying on the most vulnerable of us. Some of these swindlers’ pitches seem too good to be true. In these cases, they are. AARP scoured the internet looking for the latest scams. We’ve put together some from the FTC and fraud-focused websites to help you be a fraud fighter! The IRS Impostors There’s a new twist to the IRS impostor scam. Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters …

— 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 …

— Chicago, IL. – With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure …

—   AARP State Director Bob Gallo was a guest on WCIU’s YOU AND ME IN THE MORNING discussing our Fraud Watch Network and providing tips to combat scams and fraud this holiday season. Take a look and see what AARP Chicago is doing in the community. WCIU DECEMBER SEGMENT    

— AARP Chicago recently hosted a free fraud awareness and shredding event on October 4th  that was open to the public where people from the community, particularly Chicago’s South Side, could securely destroy confidential documents and records.  More than 175 vehicles brought financial documents and personal information to be properly disposed and participate in fraud watch awareness seminar.     AARP Research asked 2,250 Americans about their experiences with identity theft. More than 12 percent said unauthorized purchases were made in their …

—   AARP Chicago is hosting a free fraud awareness and shredding event open to the public where people from the community, particularly the Chicago South Side, can securely destroy confidential documents and records. AARP Research asked 2,250 Americans about their experiences with identity theft. More than 12 percent said unauthorized purchases were made in their name in the past year. According to the Justice Department, 16.6 million adults were victims of ID theft in 2012. To avoid becoming one of …

— Scammers are constantly and creatively finding ways to get people to part with their hard-earned money. The latest scam is an effort to get people to pay back taxes by purchasing iTunes gift cards and sharing the code on the back of the card. AARP Fraud Watch Network is alerting consumers about this new scam and providing useful tips to help consumers protect themselves and their money against fraudsters.   “Consumers need to be aware of new and ongoing frauds …

— Consumers need to be extra cautious if they receive an email seeming to be from the Social Security Administration. Not only are fraudulent emails with malicious links offering “new features” to monitor finances floating around, but new emails urging consumers to create a My Social Security account are making the rounds. The Social Security Administration has issued an alert on their site to be on the lookout for email phishing and AARP Illinois is helping to warn people of the new scam. …

— As the time to file taxes quickly approaches, scammers are presented with a month-long opportunity that could result in identity theft or tax fraud. Now, more than ever, is a crucial time for taxpayers.   Identity Theft Documents needed in order to file taxes for 2015 should begin arriving in mailboxes because employers have to mail W-2 and 1099 forms by January 31, though banks and brokerage firms may have later deadlines. Since these documents contain your Social Security number …

—   Boise, ID – AARP Idaho today announced that Frank W. Abagnale, nationally renowned expert on identity theft and fraud schemes, has been named AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador.  Abagnale will work with the Fraud Watch Network to provide online programs and community forums to educate consumers about ways to protect themselves from identity theft and cybercrime. Once one of the world’s most famous con artists, Abagnale’s story was told in his best-selling book, Catch Me if You Can, and in the …