CHEYENNE –  AARP Wyoming will be a part of three events in Sheridan County next week intended to fight scams and keep your identity safe.

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On Oct. 11-12, AARP Wyoming will take part in a document shredding, as well presentations by retired lawman Bob Melvin, in Sheridan, Dayton and Clearmont. The goal, is to help Wyoming’s citizens better protect themselves from scams and identity theft.

“I want people to understand that anybody can be the victim of fraud, but if we can help people to understand the threats, we can help to protect them,” Melvin says. “We will talk about internet safety, as well as common sense ways to avoid identity theft and fraud.”

Research shows that more than $20 billion was stolen from about 13 million victims in 2012, with older adults tend to be bilked out of about $3 billion every year. AARP has a dedicated fraud watch team, which attempts to protect all Americans from fraud and scams.

Next week’s Fraud Watch events are:

ShredFest at the Fulmer Library in Sheridan

Oct. 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Protect your identity by shredding old documents at the Fulmer Library parking lot in Sheridan from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on October 11. AARP will provide the truck, and residents can drop off up to two banker boxes of papers to be shredded for free. Additional boxes will be accepted for a $10 per box charge.

Fraud Watch Presentation at the Fulmer Library in Sheridan

Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

Former Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Melvin will offer a Fraud Watch presentation on the basics involved in protecting yourself from the latest scams and identity theft.

Fraud Watch Presentation at Tongue River Valley Center in Dayton

Oct. 11 at noon

Former Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Melvin will offer a Fraud Watch presentation on the basics involved in protecting yourself from the latest scams and identity theft in conjunction with the daily lunch at the Tongue River Valley Center.

Fraud Watch Presentation at the Library in Clearmont

Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.

Former Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Melvin will offer a Fraud Watch presentation on the basics involved in protecting yourself from the latest scams and identity theft.

Those interested in attending any of the three event may Register for the Fraud Watch events here.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network was launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages. The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Abagnale. Users may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver breaking scam information, or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling. The Fraud Watch Network education campaign includes advertising, online videos and a new website, www.aarp.org/SocialScams.  

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