— With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure of success in …

— Scammers are now trying to get people to pay for big-ticket items they buy online with Amazon gift cards. Posing as sellers, scammers claim they need to sell a car or other item fast. They may claim they are in the military and are about to deploy. They’ll tell you to pay with an Amazon gift card. This is a scam! Amazon gift cards can only be used to purchase goods on Amazon.com. If you share the code on the …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Campaign to Help Investors Learn Who Should be Most Alert WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of …

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— With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim? A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network  finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure of success in …

— Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is conveniently working abroad, quickly builds a relationship with the targeted victim, exchanging photos, romantic messages, or even talking by phone. Then they will make a request: money needed for an emergency or maybe to plan an in-person visit. The target sends money, and then never hears from the love interest again. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. …

— Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Don’t let it be yours! Learn how to spot a scam and protect your personal information from falling into the hands of con artists. You are invited to attend an AARP Fraud Watch Network lunch program to help you stay ahead of the scammers. There is no cost for this event, but registration is required by March 6.     AARP Fraud Watch Network Lunch Program Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:00 Noon – …

—   This is a true victim’s account of an online Romance Scam. My name is Jane Doe. I am not dead but I almost died last year. I was a victim of a “romance scam” by a man I met on e-Harmony and who scammed me out of over $1 million last spring.  I am going to tell you what happened and who I am today as a result of this financial reversal. I am 63 years old and live …

— Someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds. Protect yourself by shredding unneeded confidential documents with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Bring any confidential documents, up to two boxes, to the Senior Awareness Day Expo and AARP will shred them for free. The shred event is from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on April 25 at the Timberlake United Methodist Church, located at 21649 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502. The Senior Awareness Day Expo will run from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 …

— Ads for jobs guaranteeing you will make a certain amount of money or that you can work from home are probably scams. If you respond to the ad, you’ll likely be asked to send money so you can either get the job, acquire more job listings, receive supplies to start a business at home, or obtain special “certification” that’s supposed to get you a job. If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. …

— by Kristin Keckeisen AARP Fraud Watch Network As part of National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are joining forces with federal agencies to highlight the dangers of tax identity theft and recovery steps for victims. To register for the free webinar on February 2 at 2 pm EST, click here. How it Works: Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information for a fraudulent refund or to earn wages. It can …