— Every day hundreds of local residents lose hard-earned money to a variety of fraud schemes. In fact, every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen in this country! To strike back against scammers, AARP Vermont and AARP New Hampshire are bringing together top experts and law enforcement officials from both states to present at an informational Scam Jam event in Fairlee, VT at the Lake Morey Resort. Slated for September 19, the program features the VT and NH Attorneys General to …

— 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 …

— Protect Yourself Against Fraud Open House at People’s United Bank, Burlington, VT Two Burlington Square (Pine St) Burlington, VT 05401 March 10,  11-1 pm.   Join us at an Open House at People’s United Bank in Burlington, VT to learn more about protecting yourself from fraud and scams.  AARP is partnering with People’s United Bank across New England to educate members, customers and the public on various ID theft scams and cybercrimes.  Try out an interactive exhibit and get tips …

— If you’re trying to sell your timeshare, be forewarned about a timeshare resale scam. You may get a call from a company that claims to have a buyer. The caller will even give you the name and phone number of the prospective buyer, who will confirm interest. The caller faxes you legitimate-looking paperwork, along with a request for a credit card number for escrow and title services – with a promise you’ll get that money back once the deal closes. …

— As we head into the busy holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  But, fraudsters see the season of giving as a season for scams. On the next AARP Live, learn how to identify a real charity from a fake one, and how to safeguard your finances from scammers trying to prey on your giving spirit. Join AARP Oklahoma state director, Sean Voskuhl, AARP Vermont state director, Greg Marchildon and AARP regional vice president, Sarah …

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— Every day hundreds of Vermonters lose some of their hard-earned money to fraud. To strike back against scammers, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) is joining forces with AARP Vermont and the state Office of the Attorney General for a Scam Jam in Rutland on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Presenters will describe the latest scams and offer tips that consumers can use to protect themselves and their families. “The best defense against scammers is to be informed,” said Dave Reville, a spokesman …

— AARP Launches “Watch Your Wi-Fi” Campaign to Increase Consumer Awareness and Engage Businesses A new survey from AARP says busy consumers relying on the convenience of public wireless networks to keep up-to-date on email, social networks, shopping and even their finances often put their sensitive personal information at risk. The AARP Fraud Watch Network today launches a “Watch Your Wi-Fi” campaign to educate Americans about Wi-Fi hazards and how they can protect themselves.  As part of the campaign, AARP has …

— As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Vermont is holding “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The Shred Fest will be held on Saturday, April 30th at the former Kmart parking lot on Shelburne Rd. in South Burlington. It is open to everyone…AARP member or not. Shredding services begins at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until noon, or until …

— Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen!  Sadly, older Vermonters are being targeted in great numbers. AARP Vermont and the Fraud Watch Network are working across Vermont to give you information and tools to protect yourself and your family from these cons.  Free informational forums are being offered to community groups, senior centers, libraries, residential facilities and other organizations upon request.  If you are interested, contact Elliott Greenblott at 802-254-4489 or egreenblott@aarp.org. Here’s a look at the latest scams: 1. …

— Using small bits of information found in your car, or your mailbox, con artists can steal your identity and your life.   They troll parking lots and neighborhoods waiting for any opportunity to take your personal information and ruin your financial life.  On the next AARP Live, convicted cons share their secrets for stealing your identity and our experts tell you how to protect your good name and your pocket book.   Join AARP Vermont state director, Greg Marchildon, AARP Regional Vice …