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Fraud Watch Network: How to Avoid Scams

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Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen in the United States. The AARP Fraud Watch Network helps people spot and avoid the kind of identity theft that can happen to anyone who goes online, answers the phone or receives personal mail.

Through a series of free workshops at public libraries in Greater Cincinnati, AARP Fraud Fighters will report on con artists’ latest scams and tricks, discuss how to keep personal information out of the wrong hands, and offer guidance on steps to take if identity theft occurs.

The workshops are open to people of all ages.

Two workshops are scheduled for this month: Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Sharonville Library, 10980 Thornview Drive, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Symmes Township Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Loveland, from 6 to 7 p.m.

To register for one of the sessions, call 877-926-8300 toll-free. More information can be found at aarp.org/cincinnati.

For immediate answers to fraud questions, the Fraud Watch Network offers a toll-free help line at 877-908-3360.

The network’s website ( aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork) also provides updated scam alerts, safety tips and many other resources. —Janice Brewster

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