—     One of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” AARP Delaware is a Gold Sponsor of the 55+ Expo on April 18. The event will take place at the Rollins Conference Center at Dover Downs with a premier AARP presence focusing on preventing fraud and scams. Attendees can gain valuable information about current scams and will take away tips and tools for protecting their families from con artists who are out to steal people’s …

— Delaware recently ranked #4 among all states for number of identity theft complaints; and ranked #8 for general fraud complaints. The City of Dover ranked #7 nationwide for fraud complaints. You can prevent yourself from becoming part of this growing statistic of consumers who are scammed daily. AARP wants to help, so we decided to be a sponsor of the 55+ Expo and focus on FRAUD PREVENTION.  Join us at the Expo in Dover to gain valuable tools and tips …

— 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, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7– 7:30 p.m. ET Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— ’Tis the season to be merry—and to watch out for fraud. Scammers take full advantage of the giving season by trying to bilk people out of their cash, goods and identities. AARP Delaware reminds First Staters to be on the alert for schemes that are common at this time of year. Typical holiday scams include online shopping fraud. Con artists offer unrealistic discounts on popular brand items, then steal the “buyer’s” credit card information. Scammers also post phony charity solicitations …

— In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Maria, charity scams are coming at us by text, email, phone and social media. Scammers look to take advantage of our desire to help victims. If you plan to donate, make sure your money is going to the right place. Check Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org), Charity Watch (www.charitywatch.org) and Give.org to verify names and organizations before opening your heart – and wallet. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, …

— With Delawareans being victimized at an alarming rate by fraudulent pop-up messages that warn computer users of a purported virus infection or urgently needed repair, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a major campaign to raise awareness of the “Tech Support Scam.” Newly launched advertising, social media content and an online video invite people to visit the Fraud Watch Network’s webpage, www.aarp.org/TechScams, to learn about the latest scam tactics.  A booklet co-published by AARP and Microsoft Corp., “Avoiding Tech Support …

—    Document-Shredding Events and Information Will Help Delawareans Avoid Fraud The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” — a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast. Here in Delaware, AARP is collaborating with the YMCA of Delaware to host events in Newark and Rehoboth. The events will include free shredding services, information on fraud and scams, refreshments, prizes and fun. The events are free and open to the public. “Many Delawareans clear …

— Netflix customers beware! Scammers are conducting a campaign to obtain personal and financial information from Netflix users across the country. Netflix users are receiving an email claiming to be from the company asking them to update their Netflix login information. After providing this, a second screen appears which asks users to validate their payment information. After providing their information on the fraudulent website, the Netflix customers are re-directed to the actual Netflix homepage. The phishing email looks surprisingly realistic and …

— Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is conveniently working abroad, quickly builds a relationship with the targeted victim, exchanging photos, romantic messages, or even talking by phone. Then they will make a request: money needed for an emergency or maybe to plan an in-person visit. The target sends money, and then never hears from the love interest again. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. …

— The more you know, the less likely you are to become a victim of investment fraud.  Who is most likely to fall prey to investment fraud? Older men who are risk-takers, open to investment pitches and see accumulating wealth as a key achievement in life. That’s according to a new study sponsored by AARP’s Fraud Watch Network that surveyed 1,028 investors, nearly a quarter of whom were victims of fraud. The study’s goal is to identify risk factors or behaviors that make someone fall …