Fraud Watch Network

ID Thieves Embrace New High-tech Tools as Consumers Fall Further Behind in Fight to Protect Their Identities

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work | Press | Washington AARP News For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014 Contact:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 New report reveals Washingtonians are stuck in analog world as ID thieves go digital Washington – A new state survey shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes.  But the report, along with recent eye-opening interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Washingtonians are falling further behind in the …

Over 15,000 lbs. of Paper Shredded during Phoenix Fraud Watch Network Event

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Arizona | Home & Family | Local Resources | Uncategorized | Volunteering Volunteers and staff helped local residents unload boxes of personal documents for shredding at a recent AARP Fraud Watch Network shred-a-thon event held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. “We counted nearly 200 cars during the Saturday shred-a-thon and think it was a great success,” said Cynthia Fagyas, AARP Arizona Communications Director. “All total, there was over 15,000 pounds of paper shredded during the event.” The effort was part of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network activities in which AARP …

Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

About AARP | Money & Work | Utah Did you know that every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen?  Last year, 13.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft.  Identity theft, investment fraud, and other scams cost Americans $18 billion last year–a figure that is much too high.  To help outsmart con artists before they steal your hard-earned money, join the AARP Fraud Watch Network as a go-to resource.  Anyone of any age can access our information and tools are free of charge. The Fraud Watch Network gives …

Tis the season to be jolly and to stay alert!

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Florida | Comments

Florida | Home & Family | Local Resources The holiday season is just around the corner, and for scammers this means open season. To help you and your loved ones stay protected, AARP has compiled a short list of a few holiday scams you should be wary of. 1) Gift card gotchas Beware of gift cards from display racks. Thieves are known to take these cards, copy the code that’s underneath the scratch-off strip, place the cards back on the rack and wait for them to be purchased. …

Schedule a Presentation on How to Fight Fraud

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Money & Work | Nebraska AARP Fraud Watch Network volunteers are speaking to community groups throughout Nebraska about how to fight fraud. The trained presenters explain how scammers think, how to avoid identity theft and what to do if you or someone you know is scammed. Some presentations include first-hand accounts from victims. The sessions are free, and participants can sign up for watchdog alerts to stay up to date about scams currently happening close to home. Nebraskans reported about 7,600 cases of fraud and …

Fraud Alert: How to Avoid Scams

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Kentucky | Money & Work AARP volunteers are giving presentations across the state to help Kentuckians protect themselves from fraud. Attendees learn how to use the AARP Fraud Watch Network to receive watchdog alerts about current scams, stay savvy about con artists’ latest tricks and share stories about fraud. “It’s free to sign up, and anyone can call the hotline to talk to a real, live person about how to recognize and report fraud,” said Ron Bridges, AARP state director. Fraud victims 55 and older …