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— A law passed in 2015 requires Medicare to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Beneficiaries will begin to receive their new cards in May, and the rollout will continue into 2019. This is a good move, since Social Security numbers are the key to identity theft, and having them displayed on Medicare cards has long presented a risk. Unfortunately, scammers have come up with ways to take advantage of this change. HOW IT WORKS:  Scammers claiming to be from …

— 4/18 SCAM ALERT A surge in television, radio and internet ads from law firms and lawsuit marketing companies is causing some patients to take serious risks. While “opt-in” notices are required for law firms bringing class action complaints, the rhetoric of these ads have frightened some patients into stopping critical life-saving medications without consulting a healthcare practitioner. The ads, using terms like “medical alert”, “consumer alert”, “recall”, or “FDA warning”, warn about the risk of death and other serious medical …

— As part of the fight against fraud and identity theft, AARP Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host Scam Jams in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. The events take place on May 14 and 15 and feature local speakers from the Attorney General’s office, Better Business Bureau, local law enforcement, Idaho Department of Insurance and more. These interactive and informative conferences give participants the tools and resources they need to stay protected from online identity theft, fraud …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. A shred event will be held from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Metro Center Mall, located at 3645 U.S. 80 in Jackson. A fraud prevention workshop will start at 11 a.m. that day at Metro Center Mall. Another shred event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on …

— AARP Virginia and Fairfax County Government’s Silver Shield Task Force are coming together with top experts and law enforcement to present a free informational Scam Jam and ShredFest. This event will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, located on 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA, 22035. from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Every day hundreds of local residents lose their hard earned dollars to fraud schemes. Protect yourself by learning from presenters discussing scams …

— RALEIGH – As part of an initiative to help curb fraud and identity theft that target older North Carolinians, AARP is pleased to announce a new top volunteer position it is working to fill.  AARP’s Fraud Prevention Impact Leader will work with AARP North Carolina Executive Council members and other volunteers to develop and implement a statewide fraud prevention plan and extend AARP Fraud Watch Network programs and advocacy across the state. Fraud and identity theft continue to be growing …

— With scammers busy thinking up new ways to steal your money, how can you protect yourself, your family and your neighbors? Join us for a discussion about how to safeguard against identity theft and fraud. Learn how scammers think, so you can build up your defenses against the kinds of tricks con artists use, and about keeping more of your hard-earned money where it belongs – in your pocket. AARP Iowa is hosting in-person events in several Iowa communities. Please …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network, People’s United Bank, N.A. & the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) are joining forces this month to offer free events across the state to help Connecticut residents fight fraud as part of the second annual “Operation: Stop Scams” initiative. Join the AARP Connecticut volunteer team and representatives from People’s United Bank and USPIS at one of the two-hour sessions packed with information! Our team of experts are ready to help you FIGHT FRAUD! The AARP …

—     One of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” AARP Delaware is a Gold Sponsor of the 55+ Expo on April 18. The event will take place at the Rollins Conference Center at Dover Downs with a premier AARP presence focusing on preventing fraud and scams. Attendees can gain valuable information about current scams and will take away tips and tools for protecting their families from con artists who are out to steal people’s …

— What’s the best way to protect yourself from con artists’ latest tricks? Learn how a scam works. What’s the best way to do that? Go to the source. AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, known for his bestselling book-turned-blockbuster movie, Catch Me If You Can, has worked on fraud prevention for more than four decades with law enforcement, financial institutions and corporations. Now he is co-hosting AARP’s new podcast series, “The Perfect ScamSM.” Will Johnson, former Discovery Channel podcast host …