— The Internet is a gold mine for con artists. Criminals use a variety of scams to defraud Internet users, ranging from simple frauds to complex hacking. You are invited to attend a special AARP Fraud Watch Network program to help you stay ahead of the scammers. Learn about practices that put you at risk and steps you can take to keep your information secure when online. There is no cost for this event including a light meal. Space is limited …

— Scammers posing as IRS agents or Treasury Department officials are continuing their deceptive ways. First and foremost, it is important to remember the IRS will first contact you through the mail. If you receive a phone call or suspicious email or text from the IRS, chances are it’s a scammer posing as an IRS agent. Are you still unsure? Here are some red flags that the call, email or text you received is not really the IRS: If the call …

— That all-inclusive vacation—is it too good to be true? How about the charmer you met online who professes love and then asks for money? Consumer advocate and AARP volunteer Mary Bach is sharing her expertise through a web-based video series called Outsmarting the Scammers. AARP Pennsylvania produces the videos, and Bach delivers no-nonsense advice on how to avoid classic scams as well as new ones. Pennsylvanians reported more than 80,000 cases of fraud to the Federal Trade Commission in 2015. …

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— Scammers and con artists are busy at work! But don’t let your guard down…here are a few scam alerts to keep you safe and secure from crooks. Social Security: Don’t give you Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who’s on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number. Likewise, beware …

— Stay one step ahead of con artists—and help your friends and neighbors do the same—by having your church or community group sponsor an AARP Fraud Watch Network presentation. A trained presenter can help you safeguard your nest egg by teaching you how to recognize and avoid imposter scams now rampant in the state. In one such scam, you receive a phone call from a con artist posing as an IRS official, who orders you to pay back taxes or face …

— The holidays are upon us, which means it’s a time for family, food, joy and shopping. It’s also occasion to be aware of fraudulent acts like fake charities and credit card scams, many of which target older persons. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, Americans gave $358 billion to charities last year. Unfortunately, there are some fake charities that misuse the name of genuine organizations or make up their own group names. “It’s good practice to stay vigilant to protect …

— To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network launches an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video (see below), a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Montana tied with Kentucky at spot 40 in ID theft complaints. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the …

— To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network launches an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video (see below), a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Idaho ranks 43 in ID theft complaints. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by …

— The holiday season is just around the corner, and for scammers this means open season. To help you and your loved ones stay protected, AARP has compiled a short list of a few holiday scams you should be wary of. 1) Gift card gotchas Beware of gift cards from display racks. Thieves are known to take these cards, copy the code that’s underneath the scratch-off strip, place the cards back on the rack and wait for them to be purchased. …

— Many of us rely on medications to live better lives as we age. Unfortunately, scammers are aware of this and sell replicas of many types of drugs online. Fake drugs are sold at a steep discount via the Internet, but they often contain the wrong medication and dangerous ingredients. A 2013 study by the U.S. National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) analyzed more than 10,000 online pharmacy websites and discovered that 97 percent of them were out of compliance …