aarp fraud watch networkThe AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers in Las Vegas with an “Operation: Stop Scams shredding event to be held at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino parking lot on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

“Many Americans clear out and discard their obsolete financial documents at the end of the tax-filing season in April.  Our shredding events in dozens of communities provide a convenient and safe way for people to destroy this sensitive paperwork,” said Nancy Andersen, Director of Public Engagement for AARP Nevada.  “April also brings the personal finance awareness activities of Money Smart Week, so we’re excited to do our part with events to teach consumers to be smart about avoiding fraud and scams.”

Although registration is not required, those who do register for free in advance will receive a FREE Watch Dog Alert Handbook. Call 1-877-926-8300 to register before the event.

Money Smart Week, April 22-29, is a collaborative between thousands of organizations across the United States that offer financial education programs, classes and activities.

Examples of AARP “Operation: Stop Scams” events nationally range from a financial forum in Louisville, Ky.; to a “Scam Jam” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; to a Clinton Township, Mich., presentation by AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale.  Paper-shredding events total more than 100.  Some 250 tons of sensitive documents were destroyed during a similar AARP National “Shred Fest” in 2016.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages.  The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale.  Users may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver breaking scam information, or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling.