Fraud Watch Network

Workshops: Psychology of Financial Decisions

Posted on 02/12/2016 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

About AARP | Community | Events | Fraud | Press Anyone in Hawaii can be a victim of financial fraud. Even for sophisticated investors, fraudsters are masters of persuasion, skilled at tailoring pitches to match the psychological profiles of their targets. AARP Hawaii is teaming up with financial fraud specialists from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Office of the Securities Commissioner, Hawaii’s BBB, and the National Center for Victims of Crime to offer free workshops on March 2 and March 4 focusing …

Weekly Scam Alert: Feb 10 – Sweetheart Scams on the Rise

Posted on 02/10/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Many “sweetheart” scammers are targeting online dating sites to find victims. Some scammers are particularly fond of faith-based sites because people are more likely to fall for a scam if they assume that someone of their own faith could never be a con artist.  Be careful what you share online and be careful what types of questions a would-be sweetheart is asking you. Go to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork and sign our petition to urge online …

Fraud Alert: FTC Detects New Social Security Scam

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Fraud You may recently have gotten an email with the subject line “Get Protected.” Well, we all want that! The email describes that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is supposedly offering great new features to help taxpayers protect their personal information and identities. It sounds so good that you may be tempted to click on the link provided — but before you do, read this! It’s a SCAM! The Federal Trade Commission recently caught on to this scam and is asking for help …

Scam Alert of the Week: Feb. 3rd – Watch out for the IRS Imposter Scam

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud 2/3: SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: It’s tax season again and this means a surge in fake IRS calls across the country. Here is how it works: Someone claiming to be from the IRS either phones or leaves a voice message saying you owe back taxes.  They will threaten that unless you wire funds immediately, you will be arrested or even jailed.  Scammers will make this sound convincing and through “spoofing,” your caller ID may say “IRS” or something similar.  Do …

Legislators work with AARP Maine to fight fraud

Posted on 02/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Fraud Last Tuesday, legislators from across the state and across the aisle worked with AARP Maine to raise awareness of common scams, fraud and identity theft. Republicans and Democrats, Senators and Representatives, as well as legislative staff, attended two informational sessions hosted by AARP Maine Fraud Watch Network volunteers at the State House. This came just days before an article in the Bangor Daily News described the devastating experience of a 91-year-old Belfast woman who was scammed out of $25,000 this …

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

Posted on 01/31/2016 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 shredding trucks for free disposal on April 16, 2016. We’ll be at three locations in Tukwila, Everett and Federal Way from 9:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, April 16 (location details below). This is a shredding and electronics recycling event.  You can bring up to three …