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— Learn How to Avoid Their Scams at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar The Imposters: Keeping Yourself Safe from Scammers Part 1: Valentines, Candy & Online Romance Scams, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4 p.m. PT They’re two-faced—someone who pretends to be something they’re not for a secret reason. And they’re out to steal your money. Experts call them the imposters. They could be …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4 p.m. PT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

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— The threat of elder abuse is daunting for the 40 million family caregivers who help their parents and spouses live independently at home. Some of these family caregivers provide 24/7 care. These individuals may also help with finances, transportation, medication management and more. Others may count on the support of paid aides to help. Entrusting the care of a loved one to a stranger can be hard. The stress and resentment of being a constant caregiver can sometimes lead some …

— By James E. Garcia Reynard Gordon and Theresa Alice Titus were found guilty last year by a Cochise County jury on charges of fraud, theft and forgery. The pair were convicted of swindling a 74-year-old woman in southern Arizona out of about $120,000 by submitting a fraudulent power of attorney and coercing the victim to withdraw large amounts of cash from her personal bank account. Police were tipped off when an alert credit union employee realized the woman did not …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 4– 4:30 p.m. PT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

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— The Equifax breach exposed names, addresses, birthdates and social security numbers of 145 million Americans. This is exactly the information a scammer would need to take advantage of a social security recipient – who hasn’t yet set up their own “My Social Security Account”. Any Social Security recipient who has not already set up their own “My Social Security Account” is advised to do so immediately! In case you are not aware, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides an online …

— AARP members and their families and friends can learn how to recognize and avoid scams at a free workshop on Thursday, Nov. 16. The event features Frank W. Abagnale, an expert on identity theft, forgery and embezzlement. The workshop will be at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix. For more than 40 years, Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart scammers. As an ambassador for the AARP Fraud Watch Network, he has taught people of …

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— By Linda Vitale – Lead Trainer and Educator AARP Arizona Fraud Watch Network While natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey brings out the best in people, it also brings out the worst in Scammers, who are quick to take advantage of any disaster. The visuals of the hurricane’s devastation moved millions of people to want to help the survivors and families of the victims. Naturally people seek out a charity they can donate to. Scammers will take full advantage of …

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—   By Linda Vitale – Lead Trainer and Educator AARP Arizona Fraud Watch Network Here’s how to recognize the signs of a Check Scam. You receive a check or money order. The sender asks you to deposit it into your bank account and then wire most of the money back. You are instructed to keep a small portion of the money for yourself – as a “Thank You” or as “Payment” for helping them out. U.S. Postal Inspectors have been …

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— Medicare and Medicaid recipients will breathe a sigh of relief as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that they are in the process of removing social security numbers from insurance cards. This move will offer greater protection to 57.7 million Americans. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned 11-digit number, referred to a  Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The MBI will replace the older Social Security-based insurance number, currently used on insurance cards. “We’re taking this step to …