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Scams & Fraud

AARP Real Possibilities by AARP Michigan is a weekly TV show airing every Tuesday on ABC 53 in Lansing and Jackson at 9:00 am and ABC 4 West Michigan at noon.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, nearly 500,000 Americans were victims of cybercrime in 2022, including 13,566 reports from Michigan with estimated losses of $178 million. The crimes ranged from personal data breaches to investment schemes.
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As the holiday season approaches, the quest for unique and personalized gifts has led many to explore the world of DNA testing. Ancestry and heritage research, uncovering potential health risks and building family trees have become increasingly popular motivations for submitting DNA samples. However, beneath the allure of these discoveries lies a cautionary tale, as safety raises significant concerns.
According to federal data, identity theft in 2022 became the most prevalent form of fraud reported in Michigan, replacing impostor scams.
AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older, announced today the priority issues on its 2023 Michigan Legislative Agenda. Approximately 3.9 million residents in Michigan are 50 and over, representing 39% of the state’s population.
AARP Michigan is encouraging its members to be on the lookout for signs of possible fraud, such as unusual financial transactions on bank statements.
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