— Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. To help consumers protect themselves from ID theft, AARP Arkansas will host two free shredding events in October: one in Springdale and the other in Little Rock. AARP Arkansas will partner with local shredding providers in Springdale on October 21 and in Little Rock on October 28 to take any confidential documents you no longer need and shred them at no charge. Volunteers are also needed to help out at the event. Contact Lou Tobian of AARP Arkansas for details. …

— Look out for fake genealogy sites on the Internet. These scam sites pull information from public databases to make it look like they have lots of information about you and your lineage. Their goal is to get you to register with your credit card, so they can steal it. It’s a good idea to research the site before you sign up. Do an internet search on the site name with “reviews” and “scams” and see what comes up. Be a …

Frank Abagnale AARP Nevada

— Famed scammer-turned-FBI consultant speaks to a packed crowd in Las Vegas Frank Abagnale knows a thing or two about crooks – he used to be one. Most Americans know Abagnale from the movie made about his life of crime, the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me if You Can. Yet it is Abagnale’s 40+ year work as a fraud consultant and expert with the FBI that is his true legacy. Stopping in Las Vegas for an AARP Nevada Fraud Watch Network …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi is inviting all veterans in the area to attend the AARP Veterans Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Avenue in Biloxi. Veterans may bring one guest. Lunch will be served. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported that 219,000 veterans resided in Mississippi. AARP Mississippi seeks to bring together veterans of all eras …

— Catch one of the world’s leading experts on outsmarting con artists. For over four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists and now he’s coming to Louisville. As one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Abagnale has joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Kentucky. On Thursday, October 12th at 6:45, Abaganale will help our community learn how to spot and avoid scams. Between …

— Do you use a smartphone?  Do you have a passcode?  Over a third of all smartphone users do not take this simple security step, leaving themselves vulnerable to identity theft and fraud should their smartphone get lost or stolen. Make your password difficult to guess, avoiding a sequential string like 1-2-3-4. Use a mix of numbers and letters if your smartphone allows it. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams …

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— Hurricane Harvey had barely stopped howling and Houston was still flooded when officials began hearing complaints of fraud targeting victims of the monster storm’s fury. Dismaying reports of $99 cases of water and $20 gallons of gasoline are among the 684 complaints of scams, including ones involving fraudulent charities, to reach the Texas attorney general’s office within four days of Harvey’s landfall. Gov. Greg Abbott condemned the crimes as “reprehensible” and “unTexan,” and he said the long road of storm …

— There are several good reasons to shred confidential documents, but there aren’t always many opportunities to do so. Fortunately, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network will shred them for free! Throwing away un-shredded IDs, bank statements, voided checks, and credit card information gives criminals access to your identity, and the identities of your loved ones, employees, or customers. Save space and protect yourself. If you don’t have a shredder, come dispose of your old documents safely at one of AARP’s Operation Stop …

Frank Abagnale Las vegas

— For over four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists and now he’s coming to Las Vegas on September 14 from 6-8pm to help learn how to spot and avoid scams to protect our families. As one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Abagnale recently has joined forces with AARP as the AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as …

— If you get a call from a tech support company saying they have detected a virus on your computer, hang up! You may get the same pitch from a pop-up ad. These are scams, intended to get you to fork over money to “fix” your computer or get you to buy phony virus protection. Get an inside look at this scam from a con artist who reveals jut how the scam works to the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/techscams. …