— 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 …

— The Shred Fest scheduled for today, Saturday, Dec. 9, has been canceled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please stay tuned for when this event might be rescheduled. Be safe out there!

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— The year may be winding down, but not the ploys that have proved most successful for scammers. In the link below, you can find the top fraud trends for 2017. https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2016/2017-scams-to-avoid.html We at AARP Georgia want this holiday season to be merry and bright for all of you! With a few practical steps, you can protect yourself. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.

— This is definitely a sobering fact, and one that can help be prevented by shredding materials that include sensitive information, such as your date of birth, social security number and PIN. To help consumers protect themselves from ID theft, AARP Georgia will host a free Fraud Watch Network shredding event Saturday, Dec. 9 in Atlanta. AARP will partner with a local shredding provider to take any confidential documents you no longer need and shred them at no charge. Shredding will be done on-site, which …

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— A recent study showed that military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams. The study, conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, found that more than twice as many veterans as non-veterans lost money to scam artists during the past five years. Some of the scams were aimed specifically at programs and charities geared to veterans. Military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams, a new study shows. The study, …

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— Relationships gone wrong can result in more than hurt feelings. For victims of online dating scams, the cost could be financial as well. The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received nearly 15,000 complaints of romance scams nationwide in 2016, with losses exceeding $230 million. Typically, the con artist feigns romantic interest to gain a victim’s affection, then faces a “crisis” and asks for money. AARP Georgia will host a panel discussion on romance scams this fall and is asking members …

— AARP Georgia and Safe Kids Cobb County are collaborating during Earth Day to host this event to help community members protect their personal and financial assets. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network, 3,083,379 total consumer complaints were collected in 2015. Florida, Georgia, and Michigan were the top three states for fraud and other complaints. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Fight back against fraud at the AARP Operation: Stop …

— Learn wherever you are, virtually, about tax-related identity theft and IRS imposter scams — and what you can do about them — in free webinars and other events during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 30-February 3. Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP Foundation, and partners on tips. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0029-tax-identity-theft-awareness-week

— The holidays are a time for joy and giving. Don’t let scammers ruin the season. AARP Georgia reminds Peach Staters to be cautious when shopping, expecting packages or making donations. Common holiday scams include shopping apps that capture personal financial information, fake gift cards, theft of packages delivered to your porch, shady charities and fake sweepstakes that require a cash transfer to pay “taxes” before collecting a “prize.” In 2015, Georgia ranked second per capita in consumer fraud complaints and …

— As part of its ongoing Fraud Watch Network efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Georgia is joining with Savannah Riverkeeper and local city agencies to host the Rivers Alive Recycling Event on October 29 in Augusta to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. Event Details: Saturday, October 29, 2016 9am-noon New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam 1853 Lock and Dam Road Augusta, GA 30906   At the Rivers Alive Recycling …