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'Scams are Increasingly Sophisticated': AARP Pennsylvania Highlights New Scam Tactics

Fraud Watch: New Year, New Scams

Harrisburg, PA - As we step into 2024, AARP Pennsylvania reminds everyone to be vigilant against scams that continually evolve with technological advancements. The start of the new year is a prime time for scammers, seeking to exploit individuals through various fraudulent schemes.

Mary Bach, Chair of the Consumer Issues Task Force at AARP Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of being cautious: "In this digital age, where scams are increasingly sophisticated, we urge everyone to adopt a mindset of 'stop, think, and verify' before making any decisions involving money or personal information."

David Kalinoski, Associate State Director of Outreach at AARP Pennsylvania, adds, "Awareness and education are our best defenses against these cunning tactics. We encourage community members to be fraud fighters – if you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam."

Scammers employ various methods to manipulate emotions, creating scenarios that appear urgent or too good to be true. AARP warns of new scams in 2024, such as the 'Check Cooking Scam,' where digital alteration of checks is becoming prevalent, and the 'Voiceprint Scam,' which uses deepfake technology to imitate victims' voices.

To combat these threats, AARP Pennsylvania advises the following:

  • Exercise caution with unexpected calls, texts, or emails, especially those asking for personal information or financial transactions.
  • Use secure payment methods and regularly monitor financial accounts for suspicious activities.
  • Could you verify any unusual requests through independent means, not through the contact information provided in the first communication?
  • Report any suspicious activities to local law enforcement and seek assistance from AARP's Fraud Watch Network.
  • Text FWN to 50757 to receive biweekly alerts from the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

Staying informed about the latest scam tactics is crucial. Join AARP Pennsylvania in its commitment to safeguarding our community from these fraudulent activities. For more information and resources, please visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at or call 1-877-908-3360.



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