Fraud Watch Network

’Tis the Season for Scams

Posted on 11/19/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Fraud The holidays are upon us, which means it’s a time for family, food, joy and shopping. It’s also occasion to be aware of fraudulent acts like fake charities and credit card scams, many of which target older persons. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, Americans gave $358 billion to charities last year. Unfortunately, there are some fake charities that misuse the name of genuine organizations or make up their own group names. “It’s good practice to stay vigilant to protect …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 11/18/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud The cold November weather is starting to make its mark, causing an increasing need to turn on the heat in our homes. This means that it’s important to become aware of some common winter scams that could come across your path. You may get a call from someone claiming to a representative from your local electric or gas company saying your bill is overdue. They will threaten to turn your heat off if the bill isn’t paid immediately only by …

Beware of Holiday Scams

Posted on 11/16/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Fraud With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 70 percent of consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” details AARP’s polling of consumers regarding the most common holiday scams, including those …

Learn How to DASH Out Fraud and Identity Theft

Posted on 11/13/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Fraud Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance to Host Free Seminar on Thursday, November 19 Identity theft and fraud instances are increasing across the state and the nation. Paired with the rising number of data breaches, Mainers are at risk. As part of International Fraud Awareness Week’s global effort to minimize the impact of fraud through awareness and education, the Maine Fraud Prevention Alliance (MFPA) is hosting a free fraud and identity theft seminar in South Portland, Maine, on Thursday, November 19, 2015. “There is …

Tune in! Saturday, November 14th at 12:30 for Special TV Show on Scams on NBC Channels

Posted on 11/12/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Tune in for this informative program on WLBZ 2 (Bangor) and WCSH6 (Portland) this Saturday, November 14th, to learn about scams, frauds and what you can do to stay safe from these crimes. Host: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director Guests: Judy Shaw, Maine Office of Securities and David Leach, Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection Tell your friends and family! istock_On-Air-2.jpg

We Shredded 1,000 Pounds w/ AG Janet Mills in Farmington

Posted on 11/12/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Thank you, Attorney General Janet Mills! We shredded over 1,000 pounds of sensitive materials at our shredding event today in Farmington!   AARP Maine hosted our sixth and final shredding event of the year on at the Farmington Town Office on November 12th and were joined by AG Janet Mills for the morning section of the event. This event offered the Farmington community the opportunity to safely dispose of sensitive and personal documents to minimize the risk of becoming a victim of identity …