— Would you believe that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? Hard to imagine but very true. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP New York and that is why we have come together once again with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for Operation: Stop Scams. Operation: Stop Scams is a series of shredding events throughout New York State starting Sunday April 23, 3017 thru Friday, May 5, 2017 that will allow consumers to discard their paperwork in a …

—   If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. If you enjoy speaking in public, you can help raise awareness about how AARP’s Fraud Watch Network serves as a FREE scam-spotting, scam-stopping resource. AARP Arkansas has a Fraud Watch Network Speakers Bureau, comprised of volunteers who fulfill requests from local civic clubs and other groups/organzations to discuss how to avoid getting scammed and how to spot fraud. Volunteers will be trained including a primer on the various …

— It pays to look closely at your credit card statement. You may see a “test charge,” – a small charge, like $1. It may seem insignificant but it could be a sign tat a scammer has stolen your credit card and is testing it with a small amount to see if it works. Some merchants legitimately place a test charge on your account appearing to come from gas stations or hotel; these charges eventually drop off. But if you see …

— AARP Chicago recently hosted a free fraud awareness and shredding event on October 4th  that was open to the public where people from the community, particularly Chicago’s South Side, could securely destroy confidential documents and records.  More than 175 vehicles brought financial documents and personal information to be properly disposed and participate in fraud watch awareness seminar.     AARP Research asked 2,250 Americans about their experiences with identity theft. More than 12 percent said unauthorized purchases were made in their …

— Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen in America. In the last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion of their hard-earned dollars to fraud, identity theft and scams. Delaware ranks #6 out of all States for fraudulent activity. Don’t be a victim. Get inside the mind of a con artist and prevent fraud.    Be alert for coupon scams that are common “campaigns” blasted throughout social media. They promise unbelievable deals like a free $200 Nordstrom gift card or a …

— As people gears up for the holiday festivities, scammers are taking advantage of the season to rob people of more than just holiday cheer. For scammers, the holidays are the prime time to prey on shoppers. Don’t make their holidays happy. Learn how to protect yourself from holiday scammers and check out nine helpful tips right here:   Beware of travel scams. The holidays are a time to travel – whether to escape the cold or see distant family, but …

— How would you like to lower your monthly credit card and loan payments – guaranteed? It’s an appealing offer for anyone especially those struggling to pay their bills. With the rise of consumer debt, a growing number of companies are coming out of the woodwork claiming they can lower your interest rate or reduce the amount you owe. But beware! Some of these debt relief programs are scams run by con artists who can’t deliver on their promises. If you …

— Join Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) and Senior Medicare Patrol for a FREE Fraud Awareness Forum and Community Shred Event on Thursday, May 28. The shred event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, and the fraud forum from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET. Hear from experts from the Federal Trade Commission and AARP Fraud Watch Network on how to prevent identity theft. The event will be held at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center (3001 Alabama Ave, SE, D.C.). Call …

— AARP Wyoming is sponsoring a free shredding event in Casper, WY, on June 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to help residents safely dispose of documents with personally identifiable information. Residents can drop off up to two boxes of papers to be shredded at the Natrona County Public Library, 307 E. 2nd St., in Casper for free. In addition, AARP staff will give two Fraud Watch Network presentations at the library to help people learn about scams and frauds and tips …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network can help you spot and avoid fraud so you can keep your hard-earned money. Join us and hear from local experts as we reveal the secrets of con-artists and provide you with tools and resources you need to protect yourself from fraud and scams. Fight fraud today and protect your friends, family and you. The Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Conference is scheduled March 18th in Grangeville from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free lunch …