— 10/18 SCAM ALERT A new scam in the name of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is cropping up across the country. Someone from the “Consumer Protection Agency” (which does not exist) will call to inform you you’ve won $450,000 as a second place winner in the Make-A-Wish Foundation Sweepstakes (which also does not exist). Guess what else doesn’t exist? The money! You’ll be asked to pay an upfront processing fee of $4,500. If you don’t have the cash, the caller will offer …

— The following fraud alert was issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General this morning and is reproduced below, with permission: Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Director Elizabeth Bieleki, New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles, have issued a fraud alert warning of a scam email pretending to come from the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles.  The fake email notifies the recipient that he or she was cited with a traffic violation and then demands payment of the fine within …

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, October 21, in Fargo and Bismarck. A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Fargo event will be held in the southwest parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S. …

— For over four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. On October 3, Abagnale joined forces with AARP Iowa and the AARP Fraud Watch Network for a telephone town hall in Des Moines to help Iowans learn how to spot and avoid scams in order to protect themselves and their family members. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions …

— Did you know that every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Fight back with help from the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Join us for a discussion at the Newton Free Library on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, from 7-8 p.m., and learn how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family. The event, which is free of charge and everyone — members, non-members and people of all ages —  is sponsored by AARP Massachusetts, …

— Con artists don’t care how hard you work. They steal billions from Americans like you every year. That’s why we’re arming you with tools and resources to fight back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Stop by The Paisley Mug, located at 300 N Third St., Suite 103 in Wausau, on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. You’ll receive a free sweet treat and some information on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you …

— You are invited to join a vibrant group of volunteers who work in collaboration with the AARP North Dakota staff to help people 50-plus and their families live life to the fullest. AARP North Dakota is offering two different volunteer trainings in early December – from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. December 5 in Fargo and December 7 in Bismarck. If you are interested in advocacy and the work of the state legislature, we’ll be conducting a workshop specifically for legislative volunteers. …

— 10/11 SCAM ALERT The Equifax data breach is scary stuff, with half of the U.S. population affected. You can take steps to protect against identity theft. Consider putting a freeze on your credit reports by contacting Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You’ll have to lift the freeze when applying for credit, however. Closely monitor all statements from current bank accounts and credit cards and research whether credit monitoring is right for you. Click here to learn how to freeze your credit …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events. Please join us and bring your friends and family! In April, we worked with the County Sheriff’s Offices in Augusta, Bangor and Portland and together, we shredded over 50,000 pounds this year! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these …

— 10/4 SCAM ALERT In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Maria, charity scams are coming at us by text, email, phone and social media. Scammers look to take advantage of our desire to help victims. If you plan to donate, make sure your money is going to the right place. Check Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org), Charity Watch (www.charitywatch.org) and Give.org to verify names and organizations before opening your heart – and wallet.   Be a fraud fighter!  If you …