— Combating fraud is a priority for AARP Oklahoma, which represents approximately 400,000 members age 50-plus throughout Oklahoma. In a 2015 report, AARP found the total number of identity thefts, frauds and other consumer complaints in Oklahoma was 24,002. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information.  One way to keep your identity safe is to shred documents containing personal information. This includes bank and credit card statements, tax forms, and medical bills. AARP and the …

— that take your money and never send you the product, or worse, send you a product that could cause you harm. Also, be sure to read the fine print on prescription drug coupons you find online. You might discover your purchase won’t count toward your deductible, or that the coupon expires after a certain number of refills. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the …

— Last year, 13.1 million Americans were the victims of identity theft- that is one person victimized every 2 seconds. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding trucks for free disposal. AARP and BECU members can safely destroy documents containing sensitive and personal information, as well as recycle unwanted TVs, computers, computer monitors, laptops and cell phones on Saturday, April 22. Bring your documents and electronics to one …

— Did you know that every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? Luckily there are steps you can take to protect yourself from potential fraud. If you live in the greater La Crosse area, we have a great opportunity for you to get rid of any of your old, sensitive documents. The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Coulee Bank are teaming up to offer a free shredding event on Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coulee Bank, …

— Don’t fall for the jury duty scam. This is when you get a call, supposedly from the courthouse, claiming you failed to show up for jury duty and you face a fine or immediate arrest. The fraudster will typically demand the victim pay by wire transfer or a prepaid card. These forms of payment should always raise alarm bells. If you have questions about jury duty, contact the court clerk in the county where your service was to take place. …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these events?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account …

— You are invited to an open house and fraud prevention demonstration at a People’s United Bank West Hartford and Norwalk branch on Tuesday, March 21, and Friday, March 24, respectively. Both events will start at 11 a.m. AARP Fraud Watch Network  and People’s United Bank  have teamed up and will unveil a unique, interactive kiosk designed to educate people on staying safe from frauds and scams. The kiosk features a tablet preloaded with a specially developed app that allows users …

—   From Kristin Keckeisen of the AARP Fraud Watch Network Our Fraud Watch Network Help Line has been fielding lots of calls about the “Say Yes” scam. News reports have warned that a fraudster will call and ask a question to get the victim to say yes. The scammer records that affirmation to use it to authorize unwanted charges to a phone bill, utility bill, or even a stolen credit card. While many people report that they are getting calls …

— A utility scam is reaching record levels in some parts of the country this season. Fraudsters call homeowners, claiming that their gas or electric account is delinquent and threaten to shut off the service if payment is not immediate. The scammers typically ask for payment with a prepaid debit card. While more consumers are recognizing this as a scam, the callers can be very convincing. Know that your utility company will not call and threaten to shut off your service, …

— As part of the fight against fraud and identity theft, AARP Idaho is offering a FREE shredding opportunity on April 1, 2017 at Expo Idaho. The event takes place from 10am to 2pm or until the trucks are full. You can see the exact location of the trucks HERE. There’s no limit on the number of bags or boxes but shredding services are for personal documents only. What: Free Document Shredding When: April 1, 2017 at Expo Idaho from 10:00am …