— 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 …

— The Milwaukee Brewers baseball team is offering fans 50 and older a 50 percent discount on tickets for four games at Miller Park this season: May 24, June 8, Aug. 3 and Aug. 30. AARP Wisconsin will have an information booth at the stadium near members’ seating and will offer information on caregiving and fraud prevention, as well as free hand fans and mini backpacks. To purchase discount tickets, go to brewers.com/tickets, select a  game and enter the code “Fun50.” …

— By Joanne Cleaver In 2016, Wayne Wiese submitted his income tax return in March. Imagine his surprise when the Internal Revenue Service told him it already had his return and had sent his refund—to someone else. Wiese’s Social Security number had been hijacked by an identity thief. “I had to prove who the real Wayne Wiese was,” he said. At 63, Wiese, who lives in the village of Oregon, is a newly retired information technology manager who knows a few …

— Did you know that every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? Luckily there are steps you can take to protect yourself from potential fraud. If you live in the greater La Crosse area, we have a great opportunity for you to get rid of any of your old, sensitive documents. The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Coulee Bank are teaming up to offer a free shredding event on Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coulee Bank, …

— Valentine’s Day means a lot to many of us who are busy sending flowers or chocolates to loved ones, or finding creative and romantic ways to tell our loved ones exactly how we feel. But Valentine’s Day means something completely different to those who prey on your deepest feelings and emotions for personal profit. For the sinister scammers of the world, this day is all about separating you from your hard-earned money. Romance scams start with fake profiles on online …

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of fake smartphone shopping apps. Scam artists have found a new way to make you part with your hard earned money. They are creating fake shopping apps for iOS and Android phones that capture your payment information and then leave you holding the bag.  Both Apple …