— By Sarah Hollander An older woman withdraws $300 a month for years from her local bank. Suddenly, she’s withdrawing large amounts at atypical times. She could be paying for a new water heater or a grandson’s tuition. She might also be in the grip of a scammer draining her savings. This is the kind of scenario state Rep. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) had in mind when he sponsored a bill requiring financial professionals to report potential elder fraud. The legislation, backed …

— From July 26th through August 6th, nearly 170 volunteers from around Ohio traveled to the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus to staff the AARP booth. We couldn’t have asked for a more energized and enthusiastic team of Buckeyes to interact with fair goers about issues that impact all Ohioans. For the first six days of the Fair, our volunteers engaged visitors to our booth about the AARP Fraud Watch Network. We armed them with information and tools to help …

— Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us to fight back against fraud at an AARP Fraud Watch Network Shred Fests in the Northwestern Ohio cities of Lima, Defiance and Toledo! Lima Shred Event  Friday, August 18, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Area Office on Aging 2324 Allentown Road Lima, OH 45801 Defiance Shred Event Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Defiance County Senior Services (Parking Lot) …

— 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 …

— Making sure your car is set up properly for you and shredding confidential documents you no longer need are great ways to protect yourself, both on the road and from fraud. Join AARP Ohio, the Akron Police Department, WAKR, WONE, and WZMX for our car safety, document shredding, and electronic device disposal event. Free Car Safety, Shredding and Electronic Disposal Event Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rubber City Radio Group Offices 1795 West Market Street, …

— AARP Night at Fifth Third Field Steal bases and not identities. Meet AARP volunteers and staff and get to know what AARP is doing in your community at two Dayton Dragons games in August. AARP members and their guests can purchase tickets to the following games at the discounted price of $10 per person. Dayton Dragons vs. Lansing Lugnuts Saturday, August 5, 2017, 7:00PM Dayton Dragons vs. West Michigan White Caps Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7:00PM Fifth Third Field, 220 …

— The spirit of giving is upon us! That’s why City Church Cincinnati and AARP are spreading good cheer during this holiday season by offering to wrap your gifts for free. Just stop by on one of the two days below. While you wait help yourself to free refreshments (while supplies last), kids’ play area, uplifting volunteers, and information from the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help you avoid fraud and scams, especially during the holidays. “With such busy schedules this …

— Are you smarter than a con artist? Join AARP, FBI, and Ohio Attorney General’s office at AARP’s third Scam Jam session*. At this free public event you will learn about cyber crimes, staying safe online, security versus privacy, how con artists choose their victims, passphrases, cookies, mobile device security, and more. All in effort to help you stay one step ahead of the bad guys. All ages welcome. Continental breakfast provided. Monday, November 14, 2016 Check-in and Breakfast begins at …

— Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is a good way to protect your identity. Join AARP at the Fall Fraud Watch Festival where you can bring 4-5 boxes or bags of personal or household documents for onsite shredding! You can also bring old electronic devices you would like destroyed, including computer towers, monitors, old cell phones, etc. (No tube TVs or light bulbs) for offsite destruction.   WHERE? St. George’s Antiochan Church 3204 Ridgewood Rd Akron, Ohio 44333   …

— Can you catch a con artist? Learn how con artists target victims, test your knowledge to see if you’re an easy target for scammers, and pick up some free giveaways to help you stay one step ahead of the bad guy. Then have a soda and pop some popcorn in your mouth as you watch the free movie screening of Catch Me If You Can, which is based on a true story. AARP members and guests are invited to attend …