Scams & Fraud

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The 2020 Census is almost here. Be ready to spot and avoid census scammers by signing up now for our free webinar. You’ll learn the kinds of questions census workers will—and won’t—ask, what kinds of census scams are out there and how to report them.
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One of the most common scams is government impostors, where you may get a phone call, an email, or a visit to your home from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service or some other government agency. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission recently reported victims lost nearly $153 million to government impostor scams in 2019 – a staggering amount.
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They pretend to be IRS agents or Census officials, someone on a dating site or even your grandchild telling you they’re in trouble. They’re impostor scammers—and they’re after YOUR money and YOUR personal information.
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AARP in Yavapai County hosted a free Shred-a-Thon for the residents of Chino Valley on Nov 8th, as one way to help people protect themselves against Identity theft. AARP wishes to thank the coordination efforts and help on-site by the Town of Chino Valley (thank you Scott!) and the AZ Rangers, who provided necessary traffic control at the event. With 130 cars visiting the Shred event, and with AARP paying for the cost of the shredding as a community service, 8000 lbs of documents were shredded on-site by the Sir Speedy shredding truck. Thank you, Chino Valley residents, for visiting this inaugural AARP free Shred-a-thon in Chino! It is AARP’s pleasure to help the CV residents fight ID theft in the community!
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The biggest shopping season of the year is, unfortunately, also the biggest scamming season. Criminals are out in force during the holidays trying to steal your money and personal information. Learn about ways to help protect you and your loved ones.
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If you’ve been the victim of a scam and don’t know where to turn, we’re here to help! Volunteers from our Fraud Watch Network Helpline will be standing by to talk to you live during our first-ever, online “Fraudcast” – a special event we’ve planned just for you!
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Learn about ways to protect yourself and your loved ones at our free, two-part webinar.
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Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar.
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AARP Yavapai Volunteers hosted a free AARP Shred-a-thon on Friday April 26 th.  We had 324 cars that visited the Shred event, and the shredding trucks on-site shredded 11,520 pounds of paper!  AARP wishes to thank the community for participating at the free Shred-a-thon by bringing in confidential documents to be shredded, as one important way to combat Identity Theft!  Also, we wish to thank the public for contributing 443 pounds of donated food to support the Prescott Community Cupboard food bank.  The AARP Shred-a-thon in the Prescott area has been an annual event for the past five years, and we will continue to offer this free service every Spring.  Thank you!
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