Fraud Watch Network

Teaming Up to Take on Scammers

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Home & Family By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Last fall, someone called Ravindra Kumar’s home in Kendall Park claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. The caller said the IRS had a case against Kumar and needed his attorney’s name. Kumar, a retired accountant, told the caller to send the complaint in writing. Three months passed with no letter. But then Kumar, 84, got another call. At that point, he knew it was a scam. “I’m not that kind of person,” Kumar said. “I’m …

Fraud Watch Network Takes on Scammers

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Home & Family In a state where more than 7,500 people filed identity theft complaints with the Federal Trade Commission in 2013, AARP Ohio is sending trained volunteers to speak to community groups about fraud. As part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, these volunteers can help Ohioans outsmart con artists at their own game. AARP also is hosting “shredathons” across the state to encourage consumers to destroy unneeded sensitive documents before they fall into the wrong hands. To schedule an AARP Fraud …

Foil Scams Through Fraud Watch Network

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & Work | Volunteering AARP Iowa debuted its Fraud Watch Network presentations in the eastern part of the state in December and is expanding the program statewide this year. Trained volunteers discuss the latest trends in telephone and online scams, and explain how to recognize and report fraud. “Iowa’s population is aging, and financial crimes against vulnerable adults are a growing concern,” said Kent Sovern, AARP state director. Scammers tend to target older adults because they have accumulated wealth over a lifetime of working …

How to Foil Identity Thieves & AARP Maine Testifies on Credit Freeze Bill

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Finances 50+         Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Education Effort to Foil Tax Identity Thieves AARP Maine to Testify on Legislation to Amend State’s Credit Freeze Law   PORTLAND— To coincide with common scams that surface during tax season, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an educational effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a 60-second new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people …

Fight Fraud – Shred Instead! / Free Shredding and E-cycling events

Posted on 02/24/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Money & Work | Uncategorized Last year, 13.1 million Americans were victims of ID Theft – that’s one person victimized every two seconds. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding truck for free disposal on April 18, 2015 We’ll be at three locations in Tukwila, Everett and Federal Way from 9:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, April 18 (location details below). This is a shredding and electronics recycling event.  You can bring up to …

Be Aware of Tax Identity Theft

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work | Uncategorized By: Deborah Banda Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem. To date, the IRS has identified around 15 million false tax returns alone. For more information on the latest trends in tax identify theft, check out AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness …