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— 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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— Our grandparents are often among the most important people in our lives. And unfortunately, there is a scam that has been targeting them specifically. See this video to learn how the “Grandparent Scam” works and share it with others so, they too can help them to be aware and protected. How It Works: You get a frantic call from someone claiming to be your grandson or granddaughter.  The caller says there’s an emergency and asks you to send money right away. …

— By Laura Mecoy Ken Allan, 77, thought he knew all about online fraud because he teaches a class about it for AARP California. But he still fell prey to a scammer when he mistakenly visited a bogus website and called the number there to get his Garmin GPS unit updated. He gave the man on the phone access to his credit card and his computer, leading to nearly $300 in fraudulent charges and a pesky virus on his computer. “My …

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— Tech support scams have lurked online for years. They often come in the guise of a pop-up message on your computer screen, claiming you have viruses, and malware or spyware on your computer. The pop-ups come with a phone number to call for assistance. The operator convinces you to buy hundreds of dollars of tech support services you don’t need. In a more recent twist, scammers may cold call you claiming to be from a major computer company, and they …

— The federal government grant scam has been around for years. But now, scammers are finding targets through social media. The informative video below, the second in our latest series showcasing the most common scams, tells you just what to look for to avoid becoming a government grant scammer’s next victim. Please share this important clip with your friends and family, so they too know what to look for to avoid being victimized by fraud.  How It Works: You see posts from …

— Español Part of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” AARP California’s events are part of more than 150 free document-shredding events and fraud-fighting programs being held in communities coast-to-coast as part of AARP’s second annual “Operation: Stop Scams,” a five-week-long series of more than 150 events in communities coast-to-coast. The anti-fraud activities sponsored by AARP’s local offices in more than 35 states  include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” AARP …

— Identity thieves and tax scammers typically begin targeting their victims during tax filing time, but more especially, after tax season when tax refunds are being paid out.  And that is why AARP California, The IRS Criminal Investigation Division and The AARP Fraud Watch Network invite you to join a live informative telephone town hall discussion on Thursday, April 12th, 2018, at 6:00 PM PT about simple ways we can protect ourselves from fraud and tax scams. This discussion will include …

—   This is a true victim’s account of an online Romance Scam. My name is Jane Doe. I am not dead but I almost died last year. I was a victim of a “romance scam” by a man I met on e-Harmony and who scammed me out of over $1 million last spring.  I am going to tell you what happened and who I am today as a result of this financial reversal. I am 63 years old and live …

— By Ray Huard Nikki Symington got several phone messages from someone purporting to be an IRS agent, who said she owed back taxes and threatened her with fines or jail if she didn’t pay up. “Even though my husband said it was a scam, you still worry, so I called,” said Symington, 74, of Borrego Springs. “I left my number, and somebody called back and said I owed $4,000.” She hung up, but the fake agent called her several more …

— En español, Don’t fall prey of these 7 hoaxes by Sid Kirchheimer T’is the season for shopping, salutations and various seasonal scams as perennial as poinsettias. Among the most common: 1. Shopping setups During the holidays, scammers, working like type A elves, try to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting shoppers. One popular scheme: rogue websites that appear on your search engine results when you type in the names of hot-selling gifts or even terms such as “discount toys.” …