— The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation is warning New Hampshire residents of romance scammers, con artists who create believable profiles, entice people into online relationships, establish a level of trust, and scam their victims by exploiting the relationship for money. Online romance scams have become increasingly pervasive because the scammers can easily use the anonymity of the internet to mask their deceptive personas. Most often, these scams begin with some kind of invitation to chat using a social media …

— Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen, but you can help protect yourself against fraud by shredding sensitive documents you no longer need, such as old tax returns, bank statements, credit card information or offers, health records, and employment forms–anything that contains your personal identifying information that thieves can use to steal your identity. If you don’t need it anymore, shred it!  Identity thieves and con artists search through trash cans for discarded documents that can contain a treasure trove …

— Now that summer is here, scams across Idaho are starting to heat up. Here are some of the schemes con-artists are using and a few other things to be aware of. Concerts are especially popular during summer months. Scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, …

— Fraud that targets older adults is a big problem in North Carolina and nationally. According to the latest statistics from the Consumer Sentinel and the NC Department of Justice, there were 57,838 North Carolina complaints about identity theft and fraud in 2014. (That report is being updated this spring and finds that the problem is getting worse). AARP North Carolina is working to protect people from fraud and scams that target older adults. AARP is part of the NC Senior …

— Is Your Identity up for Grabs? Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and selling your personal information …

— AARP in Lincoln is bringing you MORE opportunities to connect locally. Check out our upcoming summer events. We invite you to participate, learn and enjoy! Free Ice Cream Cone UNL Dairy Store – University of Nebraska – Lincoln 114 Food Industry Complex Lincoln, NE 68503 Tuesday, July 3 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: FREE Enjoy a free ice cream cone with AARP at the UNL Dairy Store, 114 Food Industry Complex, UNL East Campus.  Stop at our AARP table …

— Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it to local law enforcement or the Alabama Department of Senior Services (1-800-243-5463). Friday, June 15th is World …

— 6/13 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Concerts are especially popular during summer months. As a result, scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, can only accept cash, want you to wire the money or transfer through a prepaid account, or who pressure you to act quickly. …

— The summer months are prime time for home repair scams. The general ruse involves someone coming to your door and offering to do work on your home, typically at a big discount. While not all door-to-door offers are scams, some are.  Do your research if an offer seems too good to be true.  We’ve heard from victims who’ve lost thousands of dollars to unscrupulous contractors and outright scammers. How it works: A con artist representing himself as a contractor comes …

— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself, and the AARP FraudWatch Network wants to help you do that. Bring any confidential documents to the Frank Abagnale event on July 28th at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, and we’ll shred them for free in the parking lot from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Shredding only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of headaches later on. …