— Frank W. Abagnale, the world’s leading expert on outsmarting con artists, in a Nov. 14 AARP Arkansas Fraud Watch Network event  in Little Rock shared expertise and a variety of tips on how to spot and avoid scams. Get Frank’s Top 10 Tips to help prevent identity theft (scroll down to page 2 of the attachment). Speaking to nearly 300 Little Rock-area residents at the Embassy Suites, Abagnale, an AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador, also shared his life story. Between the ages of 16 and 21, …

— Join us this week for an AARP Fraud Watch Network TeleTown Hall to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from fraud, ID theft, and scams. Our special guest is John Chapman, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Provide your telephone number and you’ll automatically receive a call, which will connect you to the TeleTown Hall. There are two sessions: One on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET, and a …

— 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 …

— October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Here are six tips to help you stay cyber secure: Create strong passwords. In fact, instead of a password, create a passphrase. Make it something unique to you and easy to remember. For example, if you’re a pie lover, your passphrase could be Ilovechocolatepie. Like to golf? How about Golfismyfavoriteactivity. Think of something that would be easy for you to remember, but hard for a thief to crack. Enable stronger authentication. Stronger authentication (also …

— AARP and Iowa Public Television have teamed up to produce Stealing Your Life, a program on how to guard against fraud. The show features Frank Abagnale, whose exploits decades ago were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can. Today, Abagnale is an authority on forgery, embezzlement and identity theft. For more than 40 years, he has advised the FBI and major corporations on how to outsmart con artists. As an ambassador for AARP Fraud Watch Network, he has …

— Shredding is a key weapon in the battle to keep sensitive, personal information out of the hands of identity thieves. AARP Washington and Boeing Employees’ Credit Union (BECU) are sponsoring free shredding events on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate, and each person may bring up to three grocery bags full of documents to shred. Mobile shredding trucks will be stationed at five BECU locations, one each in Tukwila, Everett and Federal …

— 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 can spot a scam, …

— Someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds in the United States and older Americans account for 10 to 13 percent of those victims. Frank Abagnale knows all the tricks for stealing your identity. During his criminal career, which began when he was just 16, Abagnale forged more than $2.5 million in checks and posed as an airline pilot, a doctor and even a lawyer before being captured at age 21. His exploits became a best-selling book upon which the 2002 …

— By Vanessa Ho The 88-year-old man, an Italian immigrant, got an urgent call from his grandson saying he was in jail and needed bail right away. The man quickly wired $2,000. Then he learned the caller wasn’t his grandson but a scammer who preyed on his emotions and even called him Nonno, Italian for grandfather. “It was cruel,” said Valerie Laidlaw, 63, of Mercer Island, a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center who counseled the victim. The …

— Frank Abagnale, who for more than 40 years has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists, will speak at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts in Louisville on Thursday, Oct. 12. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6:45 p.m. As an ambassador for AARP Fraud Watch Network, Abagnale will share tips on how to guard against identity theft and protect your good credit from scammers. A con artist in his youth, Abag­nale wrote Catch …