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— New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans WASHINGTON, D.C. – AARP North Carolina today announced that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across North Carolina and nationwide. With a …

— 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 …

— Let me introduce you to a family caregiver, Lisa from Hawaii. With the help of her sister, Lisa cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease — managing medications, cleaning the house, and handling any medical issues. They also managed her mother’s finances. Lisa shared: “It felt like our whole world was slowly falling apart. At the time we did not know much about the disease or how quickly it was going to debilitate her. My sister and I took responsibility …

— By Michelle Crouch When it comes to scams targeting North Carolina’s older residents, Attorney General Josh Stein can rattle them off like a grocery list. In the sweepstakes con, a caller says you’ve won a big prize, but you just need to pay the taxes first. You pay the money, but you never get the prize. In another scam, a caller says you missed jury duty and face arrest if you don’t pay a fine. In the IRS hoax, you’re …

— How it Works: You get an e-mail that appears to be from Amazon.com stating your recent order cannot be shipped. Claiming a problem with processing, the e-mail informs you that you won’t be able to access your account or place orders with Amazon until you confirm your information. A “click here” link leads to an authentic-looking Amazon web page to confirm your name, address and credit card information. After entering the information and clicking on a “save and continue” button, …

— The Federal Trade Commission reports 57,838 complaints of identity theft and fraud in North Carolina in 2014. How safe do people think they are? According to the 2016 AARP Cyber Security survey, adults age 18 and older would be more favorable toward a coffee shop, bookstore, hotel, or other public location that offers free public Wi-Fi if they provided users with information on how to protect themselves from cyber scams. Seven-in-ten survey respondents believe that locations offering free public Wi-Fi …

— With summer travel square upon us, let’s look at how we can protect ourselves. Sunscreen? Check. Bottles of water? In tow. Protection from people trying to steal your money and identity? Maybe not. Identity theft. IRS imposters. Bogus bills. How can you outsmart the scammers? The AARP Fraud Watch Network keeps you in-the-know on how to protect you and your family from scams and fraud. Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched …

— The campaign season is in full swing. Do you know each candidate’s plans for Social Security? The AARP state office is asking North Carolinians to put that question to every presidential or congressional candidate who asks for their vote. AARP volunteers have been showing up at rallies and debates across the state to inform voters about Social Security proposals and to urge contenders to “take a stand” on the critical retirement program. Almost 1.9 million North Carolinians receive Social Security, …

— WILMINGTON — Want to be a more savvy consumer and help fight crime in a changing world? AARP, Cape Fear Council of Governments, Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network and law enforcement partners are hosting “Modern Crimes for Modern Times,” an extensive workshop to help you identify and protect yourselves from the latest scams. Learn about the most recent and pervasive scams from officials on the front lines including Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and representatives from the NC Attorney …

— WILMINGTON — Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help. Bring any confidential documents to the Shred Fest, and we’ll shred them for free. It only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of headaches later on. Join AARP North Carolina, the Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging and Brightmore of Wilmington for a free Shred …