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Inside the Mind of a Con-Artist


Deep within the internet is the Dark Web, a space where criminals can anonymously buy and sell illegal goods and private information. Known as the “Original Internet Godfather,” Brett Johnson created one of the dark web’s first online stores where criminals bought stolen credit cards, Social Security numbers, drugs and guns. After serving seven years in prison, Brett turned his back on criminal enterprise and became a consultant for the Secret Service and the cybersecurity industry.


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-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Join AARP for a special FREE online event on October 22, "Inside the Mind of a Con-Artist," as Brett reveals how he became a con man, why he changed his ways and how you can protect yourself from cybercriminals.

Mainers reported a total of $3.3 million in losses due to fraud in 2019. During this event you will also hear from consumer fraud experts on what you can do to protect yourself and the people you care about from scams and fraud. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions alongside people from Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Thursday, October 22 | 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
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Registration is required to get the link to participate online. Register now and mark your calendar!

Every year, thousands of Americans are affected by scams and fraud, but you don’t have to be one of them. For more information, visit

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