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— The Equifax breach exposed names, addresses, birthdates and social security numbers of 145 million Americans. This is exactly the information a scammer would need to take advantage of a social security recipient – who hasn’t yet set up their own “My Social Security Account”. Any Social Security recipient who has not already set up their own “My Social Security Account” is advised to do so immediately! In case you are not aware, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides an online …

— In an age where technology like computers and smartphones are used for just about everything, cybercriminals are getting good at targeting vulnerable populations and gaining access to confidential information. It’s important for you to learn how to avoid scams and take other steps in order to protect your privacy, and the privacy of your employees, clients, and loved ones. That’s why AARP members are invited to two FREE online safety sessions lead by experts at your local Microsoft store: Suite L108 Galleria Drive Buffalo NY, …

— 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 …

— Looking to liven up your home this summer? Re-pave the driveway or cut down that tree you’re afraid will get knocked down in a storm? Beware of scam artist contractors. When embarking on a home improvement project, it’s best to seek out a contractor instead of hiring someone who solicits you. Typically, sketchy contractors will knock on your door claiming to notice that you have a major problem that needs to be fixed immediately, and that they can fix it …

— 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 launching Operation: Stop Scams, a series of shredding events throughout New York State starting Monday April 24, 2017 thru Friday, May 5, 2017 that will allow consumers to discard their paperwork in a safe and secure manner. In a recent report, AARP found that 43% of 50+ voters in …

—   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 …