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AARP AARP States Minnesota Scams & Fraud

Learn to Spot, Avoid and Report Latest Schemes in Minnesota

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Con artists are always devising new ways to target consumers. AARP is helping Minnesotans stay a step ahead with the Twin Cities Scam Jam on Thursday, Dec. 1.


The AARP Fraud Watch Network, the Better Business Bureau and crime-prevention professionals will discuss popular ploys by fraudsters, and share tips on how Minnesotans can help protect themselves, their families and vulnerable community members.

The free event will take place at the Inwood Oaks Event Center, 484 Inwood Ave. N., in Oakdale, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Register at

Among the speakers will be Brett Johnson, a cybercriminal-turned-consultant for law enforcement agencies and the cybersecurity industry. Johnson, known as the Original Internet Godfather, created a precursor to the dark web where criminals sold and bought stolen identities.

The event will also include an expo area where other organizations will share more resources.

Report a suspected scam by visiting or calling the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360. To learn about becoming a Fraud Watch volunteer, go to or call 866-554-5381.

—Mary Van Beusekom

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