— Take advantage of our April 22 community shredding day in Omaha to fight fraud and ID theft. Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents for secure, on-site shredding. If you don’t need it, shred it! Make time for spring cleaning and safely destroy your unwanted papers. Drive through and drop off your confidential documents and we’ll shred them for you – on the spot. AARP Nebraska is a cosponsor of this FREE community event with the Better Business …

— 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 …

— Join AARP and the Better Business Bureau, Inc. for a cyber security workshop and learn how to protect yourself online both at home and at work. The event will be on October 12, 2106 at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 50515 East 29th Street N., Wichita, 67220. Learn from the experts how to keep your personal and business information secure. Continental breakfast and networking begins at 8:30 a.m. The program, which includes an expert panel, runs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 …

— It couldn’t be clearer — Cincinnati area residents want to protect themselves and their families from fraud, scams and ID theft. More than 19 tons of household documents and almost 11 tons of electronic equipment (e-waste) were dropped off when about 400 vehicles were driven through the Fight Fraud – Shred & Recycle Instead! event on Saturday, May 23, at the University of Cincinnati campus in Blue Ash. A dozen AARP volunteers in Cincinnati worked alongside Hamilton County Commissioner Greg …

— Consumers reported losing $1.7 billion to scams and frauds in 2014, according to an annual review released by the Federal Trade Commission. That figure is likely a fraction of actual losses, since many people never report their victimization. For the 15th consecutive year, identity theft was the top complaint in the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, accounting for 13 percent of the total 2.5 million filed complaints. That’s the same percentage as in 2013, but with more people reporting last year, the federal watchdog logged more …

— With shoppers expected to spend $616.9 billion on holiday gifts this year, scammers are gearing up to rip off unsuspecting consumers. That’s why AARP Fraud Watch Network developed a free, online resource guide so families can protect themselves and those they love from holiday scams. The guide highlights three of the more common holiday scams: online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities. “It’s the season of giving, but for con artists, it’s the season of taking,” said Byron …

— BBB, AGO and AARP Partner to Combat Romance Scams As more people go cyber to find love, Better Business Bureau—BBB, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office—AGO, and AARP warn of an uptick in reports of romance scams. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, romance scam victims lost more than $55 million in 2012. To combat this growing epidemic, consumer protection groups are spending Valentine’s Day warning singles about the dangers of “catfishing.” Online dating is big business in the …

— Colorado recovery is being accomplished by the energy and work of businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations along with government agencies and committed citizens. But, unfortunately, disasters also bring out criminals looking to prey on survivors by offering fraudulent services. Government workers will never ask for a fee or payment. They wear an official government photo ID. Watch out for middle men who promise you will receive money, especially if they ask for an up-front payment. There is never a …

— Many scams could be avoided if consumers took two simple steps before acting: to ask and check. Questions are empowering, and many scammers will shut down once you start asking them. However, it’s a good idea to not only ask questions, but to do your homework on their answers. Here are three examples of how to ask and check to help prevent financial exploitation: A financial professional contacts you with a hot new investment opportunity. Ask the professional if he …

— Spring has arrived, and con artists use this time of year to give new life to common scams. Tax-Related Scams: Tax season brings fake emails from scammers pretending to be the IRS. They might claim to have important updates regarding your refund, but they’re really attempting to get your personal information. Some emails might even unleash malware on your computer if you click a link or download an attachment. Your best defense is to delete—without opening—any unsolicited emails claiming to …