"Scam-Tracking Map" provides location-based scam tracking and reporting
The AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an updated online map, allowing residents of every state, including Massachusetts, to see and report instances of fraud and scams. The Scam-Tracking Map is a free, interactive tool, and also includes alerts from law enforcement and other public agencies.
The Fraud Watch Network is encouraging those who have been targeted or victimized by a scam to access the map's web page, where they can easily post a brief description of the scam. The Scam-Tracking Map, powered by Google Maps, features location-based functionality, enabling users to view current scam alerts posted by residents of their own community, with one click.
Users may also search for different types of scams via a keyword search function. And a drop-down menu displays the latest police and public safety notices, state by state.
“Scammers have demonstrated that they are highly adept at developing creative identity theft schemes, imposter scams and other types of fraud. The Scam-Tracking Map will help Commonwealth residents recognize these insidious schemes wherever they encounter them – via email, telephone or a knock at the door.” - Mike Festa, AARP Massachusetts state director
As of this writing, more than 54 alerts have been posted to the map by Massachusetts residents. The types of reported scams vary widely, from IRS- and utility-related fraud to attempted ID theft and fake jewelry scams.
The Scam-Tracking Map is being promoted with following video:
The AARP Fraud Watch Network launched in 2014 as a free resource for people of all ages. The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale. Users may sign up for “ Watchdog Alerts” — emails that deliver breaking scam information, or call a free helpline at 1-877-908-3360 to speak with trained volunteers.