Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us at events across Ohio this spring to fight back against fraud!

The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” — a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor free local events from April 16 through Tuesday, May 21, 2018.

As a part of this nationwide effort, AARP Ohio’s Operation: Stop Scams events will take place between April 28 and June 16. Doing some spring cleaning in the aftermath of tax season and shredding personal documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself from identity theft. Bring any household or personal documents to the following shred events which are free and open to the public. It’s just another way AARP is helping you protect your identity and fight fraud.

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.

 

AARP Ohio Operation: Stop Scams Events

FREE SHRED EVENTS

Saturday, April 28 – Columbus – 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring documents you would like shredded. Each vehicle is allowed 2-4 reasonably sized boxes or bags of paper documents. NO PLASTIC ITEMS such as folders, covers, notebook, or 3 ring binders please.  Questions? Call 1-614-222-1507.

Saturday, April 28
9:00 am – 11:am

Life Church at Easton
5000 Sunbury Rd.
Gahanna, OH 43230
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Saturday, April 28 – Cleveland – Tri C East – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join AARP, The Better Business Bureau, Tri-C Campus Police Department, and the Cuyahoga County Sherriff’s Department for our document shredding, e-easte, and medicine disposal event. It is free and open to the public.

Bring any documents you would like shredded, old medications you would like destroyed, along with your e-waste (old cell phones, computer towers, monitors, etc.) Please limit materials to 5 bags or boxes. No tube TVs. Register online.

Tri-C East Campus
Parking Lot H2 (Enter off of Harvard Road)
4250 Richmond Road
Highland Hills, OH 44122
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Online registration encouraged 

 

Saturday, May 5 – Cleveland – Tri C West – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Join AARP, The Better Business Bureau, Tri-C Campus Police Department, and the Cuyahoga County Sherriff’s Department for our document shredding, e-easte, and medicine disposal event. It is free and open to the public.

Bring any documents you would like shredded, old medications you would like destroyed, along with your e-waste (old cell phones, computer towers, monitors, etc.) Please limit materials to 5 bags or boxes. No tube TVs. Register online.

Tri-C West Campus
Parking Lot D (Enter off of Letterman Road)
11000 Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44130
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Online registration encouraged

 

Saturday, May 12 – Akron – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join AARP, WQMX, WONE, and WAKR for a free community shredding event and safety fair on Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring any documents you would like shredded, old or out dated medications you would like destroyed, along with your e-waste (old cell phones, computer towers, monitors, etc.).

Spend some time with the Akron Police Department and Ohio Highway Patrol to make sure your car is setup to be as safe for you and your passengers as possible.

Rubber City Radio Offices
1795 W. Market Street
Akron, OH 44313
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Saturday, June 16 – Cincinnati – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Join AARP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter and the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency this free community shred  event that’s free and open to the public. During Money Smart Week bring household or personal documents and do some spring cleaning in the aftermath of tax season.

Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency
1740 Langdon Farm Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45237
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Online registration encouraged

 

SCAM JAM EVENTS

Saturday, April 28 – Operation Protect Veterans – Defiance

AARP Ohio through the AARP Fraud Watch Network is working with Defiance County Veterans Service Commission to protect our state’s veterans from scams that target military families. Join us for a free presentation to discuss what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

This event is free to veterans and military personnel and their guests, but registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.

9:00 am – Noon OR 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VFW Post
201 North Clinton Street
Defiance, OH 43512

Online Registration is Required

 

Tuesday, May 1 – Fraud Prevention Clinic – Columbus 

Join AARP, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the FBI as we share tips to help you spot and avoid scams.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Olde Gahanna Sanctuary
82 N. High St.
Gahanna, OH 43230
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Register Online – Seating is Limited