— Just a few weeks ago, AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador, Frank Abagnale, spoke to a sell-out crowd at USM in Portland about scam and fraud prevention. Abagnale, who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades, provided his expert knowledge on scams, and identity theft.  He also shared details about his amazing story which was made into a movie called “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks based on Abagnale’s book …

— AARP Nevada Fraud Watch Network again provides free presentations to help those throughout the state protect themselves against fraud. Fraud is a subject that never goes out of style, unfortunately. But you don’t have to be a victim of fraud. Educate and protect yourself against crooks and criminals by attending one of AARP Nevada’s Fraud Watch Network presentations at your closest Clark County Library location. The free sessions continue during the hot summer, once per month, and give attendees practical …

— Scammers, using a variation of the “Family Impersonation Scam,” also known as the “Grandparents Scam,” have been preying on people with friends on Maui. AARP Hawaii has learned of recent incidents of a caller claiming to be an Emergency Medical Technician telling potential victims that a friend had been in an accident on Maui. The “paramedic” put an angry “dad” on the phone while he tended to the wounded. The “dad” demanded money to pay for medical bills for his …

— You get a call from someone who says they’re from the IRS, and you owe back taxes. But do you?  A pop-up on your computer warns your machine is infected and you need immediate technical support.  Should you be worried?  You get a call: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” But is it really your grandchild?  “Imposter fraud” occurs when a scammer poses as someone they’re not in order to steal your money. These types of scams have reached epidemic …

— AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Help Line has been fielding lots of calls about the “Say yes” scam. News reports have warned that a fraudster will call and ask a question to get the victim to say yes. The scammer records that affirmation to use it to authorize unwanted charges to a phone bill, utility bill, or even a stolen credit card. While many people report that they are getting calls like these followed by a hang up, we have yet …

— All are invited to attend one of three upcoming FREE shredding events, brought to you by AARP Massachusetts! According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, shredding remains one of the best ways to safely dispose of no-longer-needed confidential documents — which is a powerful deterrent against ID (identity) theft. The shredding events will take place in Revere on Friday, June 23, 2017; Charlestown on Tuesday, June 27, 2017; and Haverhill on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Complete details are below.   NOTE: For all three events, all shredding …

— The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reported that scammers are creating fake websites that look like known and trusted news sites to sell “brain booster” pills. How it Works:   Scammers use the fake sites to post bogus articles about the pills with endorsements from people like Stephen Hawking and Anderson Cooper (neither has endorsed any such product). The site then links you to the sales page for the “brain booster” pills where you can place an order with a …

— Fake checks are featured in many types of scams, from phony prize winnings to fake jobs. And scammers are good at making phony checks look legitimate. The scams typically involve sending victims a check, asking them to deposit it, and then when cleared, asking them to immediately wire the money to a third party. Remember, a check can take weeks to clear.  Wait until you are certain, and the bank can confirm, that your check has cleared before taking further …

— Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will speak on May 10 to thousands of AARP Idaho members to discuss fraud, identity theft and how to avoid becoming the next victim of a costly scam. The Attorney General’s Office is the leader in Idaho for enforcing the state’s consumer protection laws and helping educate citizens on avoiding fraud. Wasden will be joined by Brett DeLange, Chief of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and state director Lupe Wissel from AARP Idaho, which …

—   Join us at the AARP Virginia Academy: Smarter Living for All Ages on Saturday, June 17th at the Lee Center in Alexandria. This all-day event includes classes, a community resource fair, and free document shredding. This event is designed to help you make plans for better living. Learn about keeping your brain healthy, preparing to care for a loved one, avoiding scams and frauds, and much more. You will get information about important life matters that you are faced …