— 12/13 SCAM ALERT Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone.   Be a fraud …

— Join AARP Kansas Director Dr. Maren Turner as she hosts an AARP Teletownhall meeting to talk about the latest scams and frauds in Kansas. You’ll learn how to protect yourself and family and friends from Identity Theft and learn what scams are popular right now and how to avoid them. Dr. Turner will be joined by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Director of the AARP Fraud Watch Network Kristin Keckeisen. If you’d like to be part of the …

— The Shred Fest scheduled for today, Saturday, Dec. 9, has been canceled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please stay tuned for when this event might be rescheduled. Be safe out there!

—           AARP Vermont Fraud Watch Network needs you!   We are recruiting volunteers to act as team members in our efforts to protect Vermonters from becoming victims of fraud and scams.  What is AARP Fraud Watch?  The program is part of a nation-wide effort to educate the public on the nature fraud and the various forms it takes.  In Vermont, we conduct presentations for groups and organizations on a variety of topics, we distribute literature by staffing …

— Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone.  Be a fraud fighter!  If you can …

— Scam artists set up fake websites offering anything you could want to buy as gifts around the holidays, at prices that are too-good-to-be-true. And guess what? They are! You’ll never receive the gift you thought you bought, and the scammers could turn around and use your credit card information for their own purchases. Stick to well-known shopping sites, and always type in the web address, rather than clicking from a link to the retailer. Be a fraud fighter! If you …

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— The year may be winding down, but not the ploys that have proved most successful for scammers. In the link below, you can find the top fraud trends for 2017. https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2016/2017-scams-to-avoid.html We at AARP Georgia want this holiday season to be merry and bright for all of you! With a few practical steps, you can protect yourself. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.

— This is definitely a sobering fact, and one that can help be prevented by shredding materials that include sensitive information, such as your date of birth, social security number and PIN. To help consumers protect themselves from ID theft, AARP Georgia will host a free Fraud Watch Network shredding event Saturday, Dec. 9 in Atlanta. AARP will partner with a local shredding provider to take any confidential documents you no longer need and shred them at no charge. Shredding will be done on-site, which …

— Scam artists set up fake websites offering anything you could want to buy as gifts around the holidays, at prices that are too-good-to-be-true. And guess what? They are! You’ll never receive the gift you thought you bought, and the scammers could turn around and use your credit card information for their own purchases. Stick to well-known shopping sites, and always type in the web address, rather than clicking from a link to the retailer.   Be a fraud fighter!  If …

— The season of giving brings about holiday cheer that so many are thrilled to celebrate.  With Christmas right around the corner we know everyone is busy finding the perfect gifts for loved ones, decorating trees with ornaments, and spending quality time with family. With all those never ending to-do lists and bargain hunting, many are unaware of the possibility of fraud and scams. Unfortunately, amidst all of the wonderful festivities, some people on Santa’s ”naughty list” are ready to catch you …