— When it comes to scams, knowledge is power. Con artists are finding new ways to take your money, so consumers need to keep up with the latest scams and learn how to protect yourself and your family. That’s why AARP Hawai‘i, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and other partners are presenting Scam Jam events on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island from August 9 to August 12. The events are free, but participants should pre-register at  http://bit.ly/aarpHIevents or by …

— As severe weather begins to pop up across the northern plains, so do crafty con artists! The stormy summer months are prime time for home repair scams. The general ruse involves someone coming to your door and offering to do work on your home, typically at a steep discount, but never really delivering on the promise of ‘improvement’. How it Works:   A con artist representing themselves as a contractor comes to your door and claims to have just finished …

— How it works:  Scam artists send mass-produced form letters to thousands of recipients every month. The mailing might inform you that you have won a million dollar prize, but that you need to pay a fee or a tax in advance to receive the funds. You pay the fee, and then receive nothing. What you should know: The United States Postal Service and U.S. Department of Justice are warning consumers about this type of fraud.  They advise consumers never to …

— Coin Seller Calling?  Hang Up! As the value of gold rises, gold coin scams are on the rise as well. A tried and true way gold coin con artists find their victims is through cold calling. How it works:    A caller may try to convince you that buying gold coins is a hot investment and that you can double or triple your money practically overnight. The caller may send coins, but they will be nowhere near the value you …

— Catch the world’s leading expert on outsmarting con artists… on Facebook! Identity theft expert Frank W. Abagnale is partnering with AARP Fraud Watch Network to help protect you and your family so you learn to spot and avoid scams. Join AARP Oklahoma Wednesday, August 31 at 3:30pm CST for a one hour teletown hall presented on Facebook. To take part, go to https://www.facebook.com/AARPOK/ where you can watch and ask questions in real time. Last year alone, there were more than …

—   AARP and host of experts conduct “how-to” workshop in Miles City on keeping sharp, spotting scams, avoiding fraudFree and Open to the Public – Free Lunch Served! Helena, Mont., Sept. 15, 2015 — In its ongoing efforts to fight investment fraud, AARP Montana is partnering with a coalition of crime prevention agencies to sponsor a “how-to” workshop entitled “Outsmarting Con Artists” with a special focus on staying Sharp. The workshop is set for October 14 in Miles City at …

— Guess who’s coming to Omaha on Sept. 10? Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks.  In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For over 40 years, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. He is one of …

— Don’t be a Target or a Victim! AARP Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host the state’s largest fraud and identity theft conference June 20 on the campus of Boise State University. The Boise Scam Jam is a free, fun, educational and interactive forum where you can learn to avoid today’s scams and frauds while getting the tools you need to protect yourself and loved ones from con artists. Parking is also free in the Lincoln …

— With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Americans of an estimated $81 million per year, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network today called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP Idaho is inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the national campaign by signing an online petition.   Demonstrating the ease with which online dating con artists currently operate, the June/July edition of AARP The Magazine contains the compelling …

— Scammers prey on fears during the worst of circumstances – and the Ebola crisis is no different. Fraudsters are already using sleazy tactics to turn a quick buck. Watch out for: online offers for an Ebola cure or special “natural” or “dietary” methods to alleviate or prevent symptoms; email scams with alarming messages like “Ebola update” or “Ebola Pandemic” which may include links that release computer viruses; sales of “personal protection kits” at low prices to provide supposed “infection defense”; …