— Now that summer is here, scams across Idaho are starting to heat up. Here are some of the schemes con-artists are using and a few other things to be aware of. Concerts are especially popular during summer months. Scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, …

— As part of the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance, AARP Idaho is working to arm consumers with the information and tools they need to guard against fraud and identity theft. This month, the coalition of nonprofit organizations and state agencies is sponsoring two free Scam Jams in the southeastern part of the state. The first is Monday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Pocatello Clarion Inn, in Pocatello. The other is Tuesday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Shilo …

— As part of the fight against fraud and identity theft, AARP Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host Scam Jams in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. The events take place on May 14 and 15 and feature local speakers from the Attorney General’s office, Better Business Bureau, local law enforcement, Idaho Department of Insurance and more. These interactive and informative conferences give participants the tools and resources they need to stay protected from online identity theft, fraud …

— On April 11, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will speak to thousands of AARP Idaho members to discuss fraud, identity theft and how to avoid becoming the next victim of a costly scam. The Attorney General’s Office is the leader in Idaho for enforcing the state’s consumer protection laws and helping educate citizens on avoiding fraud. Wasden will be joined by Brett DeLange, Chief of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Both will be on hand to answer calls and …

— 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, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5– 5:30 p.m. MT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— As tax time approaches, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Idaho are joining in efforts to help Gem State taxpayers avoid criminal impostors who aim to defraud them.  The problem is serious, with the Federal Trade Commission reporting that tax fraud ranked second in 2017 in types of identity theft reported, as over 82,000 reports were made last year.  But a new poll from AARP, which surveyed 1,005 Americans by phone, reveals that people may have a false sense of …

— The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. The IRS also offered a step-by-step explanation for how to return the funds and avoid being scammed. Following up on a Security Summit alert issued Feb. 2, the IRS issued this additional warning about the new scheme after discovering more tax practitioners’ computer files have been breached. In addition, the number of potential taxpayer victims jumped from a …

Operation Protect Veterans AARP Nevada Fraud scams

— AARP Idaho and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Team Up for  ‘Operation Protect Veterans’ New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans AARP Idaho is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across the …

— AARP Idaho and Boise State University computer science graduate students invites you to an exciting education opportunity. Join us on Wednesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 15 at 2:30pm at the offices of AARP Idaho. There is free two hour visitor parking on the east side of the building. Graduate students will be hosting focus group conversations and an interactive presentation on malevolent acts on social media for older adults. Topics will include: online scams, trolling and  misinformation (spamming, Wikipedia, …

— “Free” vacations, home improvement cons, grandkids asking for cash to get them out of a jam—old scams and new ones will be in the spotlight at an upcoming Scam Jam hosted by AARP Idaho. The event will be Friday, Sept. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. Brett DeLange, chief of the Consumer Protection Division at the state Office of the Attorney General, will deliver the keynote address. Experts will give tips …