— The summer months unleash door-to-door sales agents in communities across the country.  We’ve received reports of a scam run by con artists claiming to be from home security companies.  While many home security companies conduct legitimate business using door-to-door sales agents, be wary of anyone using high pressure tactics or creating a false sense of urgency – common traits of a scam! How it works: It may be a scam if an agent comes to your door offering a great …

— 6/21 SCAM ALERT Getting calls from debt collectors? They might be fake if the person is trying to collect on a loan you don’t recognize, asks you for sensitive information, or uses threats to try to scare you into paying. Tell the caller you won’t discuss the debt unless they provide a written notice that includes the debt amount, the name of the creditor, and your rights under the federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Never give out or confirm …

— AARP Massachusetts brings you news about scams involving summertime door-to-door home repair scams; auto repair complaints; prize scams; and a free, downloadable publication called “Avoiding Tech Support Scams” from AARP and the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit.   Read more and take heed! Avoiding Tech Support Scams AARP and Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit have come out with a new booklet called “Avoiding Tech Support Scams.”  If you have not experienced a tech support scam yet, chances are you know someone who has.  According …

— 6/7 SCAM ALERT Buying a gift card for a graduate in your life? Choose wisely. In the store, thieves can remove gift cards from racks, copy the codes, and then dial the number on the back of the card to learn when they were activated and their value for online spending or to clone cards for in-store use. Purchase gift cards directly from a store cashier, customer service counter or the company’s website. The cashier should scan and activate the …

— Con artists don’t care how hard you’ve worked.  They steal billions from Americans like you every year!  But you can learn how to fight back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. AARP South Dakota is again teaming up with the South Dakota Attorney General’s office and the South Dakota Better Business Bureau to host free fraud fighting seminars across our state this summer.  These presentations contain valuable information about the way scammers think and how they target their victims.  We’ll  also …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network invites you to FREE Senior Fraud Conferences hosted by the Oklahoma Insurance Department across the state. The conferences begin at 8:30 AM and a complimentary breakfast will be provided. Sign up today to learn how to protect yourself, friends and families from frauds and scams. TO REGISTER CALL  1-800-763-2828.   JUNE 1 – PAULS VALLEY Donald W. Reynolds Recreation Center 1005 N. Willow Pauls Valley, OK 73075   JUNE 6 – ALTUS Privett Event Center 1320 N. …

— By Novella Cross Holmes Ann Simmons is excited about the new energy infusing AARP chapters around the state. The 26 member-led Georgia chapters are holding educational programs, volunteer activities and events that benefit their local communities. “We’re sharing best practices from chapter to chapter, and our chapter is working smarter,” said Simmons, 66, of Atlanta, president of Chapter #3793, which meets in southwest Fulton County. Greg Davis, 64, of Warner Robins, president of Chapter #1952 in Houston County, said his …

— By Hollie Deese Dennis Valade brought three carafes of coffee. The Krispy Kreme store donated two dozen doughnuts. And the police provided valuable information on local crime, including recent scams targeting older people. The “Coffee with a Cop” meeting on a rainy day in February drew 40 people to the doughnut shop on the east side of Chattanooga. The event, which AARP Tennessee helped set up, provided some crime-fighting tips. Attendees also heard about the AARP Fraud Watch Network and …

— If you were tricked into wiring money to scammers using Western Union, you may be eligible to get at least some of your money back. The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice (DOJ) came to a $586 million settlement with Western Union earlier this year. If you sent money through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, and lost it to a scammer, you may be eligible for a refund. Once DOJ collects the money from …