Fraud Watch Network

Fraud Watch: Scammers Exploiting Ebola Fears

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Oklahoma By Kristin Keckeisen Fraud Watch Network   Scammers prey on fears during the worst of circumstances – and the Ebola crisis is no different. Fraudsters are already using sleazy tactics to turn a quick buck. Watch out for: online offers for an Ebola cure or special “natural” or “dietary” methods to alleviate or prevent symptoms; email scams with alarming messages like “Ebola update” or “Ebola Pandemic” which may include links that release computer viruses; sales of “personal protection kits” at low …

Stay One Step Ahead of the Scammers

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work | Wisconsin How was “Kenneth” able to scam 117 Kenosha area residents out of more than $6 million before he was finally nabbed by the FBI and sentenced to 10 years in prison? Simple. He convinced his victims to trust him. As an elder in his local church, Kenneth claimed to have a business called Homestead Investments. He got friends, family members and parishioners to invest in this company, promising them a 15% return. He told them their money would be used …

Take a Bite Out of Fraud

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | West Virginia AARP invites West Virginians to help quash fraud in the Mountain State by joining its Fraud Watch Network. The network provides information that can help people safeguard themselves from identity theft and keep scammers’ mitts off their nest eggs. Anyone of any age can sign up for watchdog alerts to find out which scams are rampant, when risks are high and where to attend free information sessions. A 2010 AARP survey found that West Virginians aren’t doing enough to fight …

10 Tips to Protect Kentuckians from ID theft

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Kentucky | Money & Work There are 10 things Kentuckians and all Americans do put them at increased risk for identity theft according to a new AARP Fraud Watch Network study and series of interviews with an accomplished identity thief. The AARP Fraud Watch Network survey of 2,250 Americans ages 18+ shows common mistakes people make that put them at risk for having their identity stolen or their financial accounts compromised. After hours of video interviews with a convicted ID thief for the October/November AARP …

Three Events Aim to Prevent Fraud and Identity Theft in Idaho

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Events | Idaho | Local Resources | Volunteering National Crime Prevention Month is the backdrop for three FREE Idaho Scam Jams in October. Presenters will describe the latest scams and offer tips on how to recognize a con artist, guard against identity theft and report Medicare fraud. AARP Idaho is hosting the events in cooperation with several state agencies, including the Office of Attorney General, Departments of Finance and Insurance, and Commission on Aging, as well as the Better Business Bureau and local police. Scammers often prey on …

Fraud Fighter Presentations Available

Posted on 09/20/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Minnesota | Money & Work AARP Minnesota invites community groups across the state to schedule a free Fraud Fighter presentation. About 20 volunteer presenters are available to talk about the latest trends in telephone and online scams, unsuitable investments and even theft by family members. Participants can learn how to recognize the tricks con artists use and how to protect themselves from fraud. To request a presentation, email Jay Haapala, AARP associate state director for community outreach, at or call him at 651-726-5654.