— If you’re planning to move this summer, be on the lookout for unlicensed movers and fake moving companies. You should get at least three quotes from prospective moving companies before hiring one. Be aware of movers that don’t send an estimator to your house beforehand, demand cash or a large deposit up front, and/or have unrealistic low-ball offers. Make sure you know whom you’re working with before you pay any money. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a …

— There are thousands of scammers praying on the most vulnerable of us. Some of these swindlers’ pitches seem too good to be true. In these cases, they are. AARP scoured the internet looking for the latest scams. We’ve put together some from the FTC and fraud-focused websites to help you be a fraud fighter! The IRS Impostors There’s a new twist to the IRS impostor scam. Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters …

— Think you could never be scammed? Think again! Every day scammers come up with new ways to get your money. Attend this “Operation: Stop Scams” lunch and learn to hear from local law enforcement about the most prevalent scams locally, what to watch out for, and proactive steps you can take to protect yourself. Lunch will be served and we invite you to bring a nonperishable food item that will be donated to the Great Plains Food Bank. There is …

— 8/9 SCAM ALERT: Watch Out for Phony Subscription Invoices Be on the lookout out for phony subscription invoices this month. If you receive an offer or renewal for magazines and newspapers that sound too good to be true, don’t make any payments! Be sure to call the publisher and verify that it is legitimate before giving any personal or credit card information. Take the time to double check, and you can beat the scammers at their own game.   Be …

— Scammers have gotten good at convincing unsuspecting victims that they have a computer virus. Their end game is to take your money or gain access to your personal financial information. How it Works:   You get a call or see a pop-up message on your computer warning that you have a virus (the caller will claim to be from Microsoft or Apple or another well-known tech company). They convince you to give them remote access to your computer so they …

— 8/2 SCAM ALERT: Beware of New IRS Imposter Scam There’s a new twist to the IRS imposter scam. Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters about an outstanding tax bill, but the letters were returned as undeliverable. The scammer threatens immediate arrest unless the tax bill is paid using a prepaid debit card. The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies do not accept prepaid debit cards, wire transfers or gift cards as …

— The federal government grant scam has been around for years but now, scammers are finding new targets through social media. How it Works:   You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government. They suggest that you could be eligible, too. You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and are told you qualify — all you have to do is send a …

— Do you collect Social Security? There’s a new scam targeting YOU. How It Works: A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information. If the scammer succeeds, they use the …

— Best-selling Author & Subject of Movie Catch Me If You Can to Present September 27 In a joint collaboration, AARP Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Office of Continuing Education will host a free fraud prevention event featuring Frank W. Abagnale – one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents – on Wednesday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with an informational fair, followed by the main event at 7p.m. Abagnale, who has advised …

— Collect Social Security? A new scam is targeting YOU. How it works:  A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee.  In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information.  If the scammer succeeds, they use …