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5/25 Scam Alert Bulletin Board: Paying to collect a prize you believe you’ve won? This is likely a sweepstakes scam. A large sum of money or free trip may sound nice, but if you are being asked to pay something in order to receive the prize, then it is not legitimate! Here is what to watch out for: If the promoter asks for your credit card number, checking account number, or personal information it’s a scam. If you legitimately win …

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“Scam-Tracking Map” provides location-based scam tracking and reporting The AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an updated online map, allowing residents of every state, including Massachusetts, to see and report  instances of fraud and scams. The Scam-Tracking Map is a free, interactive tool, and also includes alerts from law enforcement and other public agencies. The Fraud Watch Network is encouraging those who have been targeted or victimized by a scam to access the map’s web page, where they can easily post a …

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5/18 Scam Alert Bulletin Board: Sightseeing, sun-bathing, and the vacation of your lifetime may sound perfect, but make sure it isn’t too good to be true after all. Unfortunately, this time of year vacation scammers are looking for unwary travelers. If you and or your friends/family are planning a vacation anytime soon, make sure to double check your source.  Look out for unsolicited emails and phone calls offering hard-to-believe deals. If you are going through a travel agency, make sure …

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AARP Connecticut hosts numerous events across a wide variety of topics in communities throughout the state every month. The events are open to the public, and while some require registration, others do not. For questions, contact AARP Connecticut Community Outreach Director Erica Michalowski at 860-548-3163 or emichalowski@aarp.org. AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a free educational and networking “Boot Camp” seminar for Connecticut entrepreneurs and small business owners on Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. Seating is limited …

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Think your identity won’t be stolen?  Neither did the staggering number of people who had their identity stolen last year! Want to learn more about how to protect yourself from Fraud? Watch AARP Live on Thursday, May 19 at 8pm MT with fraud expert Frank Abagnale! Frank Abagnale, once one of the world’s most famous con artist, has worked with the FBI as a nationally renowned expert on identity theft and fraud schemes for the last 40 years.  Now he’s joining forces with …

Shredding event and workshop on fraud prevention open to public

Every day, millions of Americans lost their hard-earned money to identity theft, investment fraud and other types of scams. On Saturday May 21, 2016, two events to help prevent fraud are scheduled. AARP in Kansas City is sponsoring a free shredding day from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the First Baptist Church of Raytown, 10500 E. 350 Highway. Individuals are invited to bring either two bags or banker boxes of items to be shredded – old checks, older credit …

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On May 19, tune into a live TV show with former con man and identity theft expert Frank Abagnale who will answer YOUR questions! If you’ve seen the blockbuster movie Catch Me if You Can, you’ll know Frank Abagnale was the ultimate con man who ran sophisticated scams around the world before being caught and convicted. For over four decades, he’s been working with the FBI as a fraud expert and educator. Now, Abagnale is working with the AARP Fraud …

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AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Connecticut Masters’ Games are providing a free seminar about how to protect yourself and your family from ID theft, scams, and fraud on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. The seminar will be held at the New Britain High School Lecture Hall in New Britain, site of the 37th annual CT Masters’ Games Presented by UnitedHealthcare. The one-hour interactive seminar – presented by AARP Fraud Watch Network volunteers Rich and Pat Bright, and Chris …

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5/11 Scam Alert Bulletin Board: With the 2016 elections around the corner, scammers have found a new way to try and trick you. Here’s how it works:  The con usually starts with a scammer spoofing a presidential candidate’s number so that the call appears to come from their campaign headquarters. The call will seem legitimate because they will use an impersonator to imitate the candidate’s voice.  They will ask you to press #1 to make a donation by entering your …

2016 Atl ShredFest

As part of its ongoing efforts to help families avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Georgia joined with Cascade United Methodist Church, Action Ministries Feed the Hungry,  and the Better Business Bureau to sponsor “Shred Fest 2016” – an event which provided free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. On April 30 at Cascade United Methodist Church, 12 AARP Georgia volunteers participated by registering people in their cars, passing out water and snacks to participants, helping …