— With scammers busy thinking up new ways to steal your money, how can you protect yourself, your family and your neighbors? Join us for a discussion about how to safeguard against identity theft and fraud. Learn how scammers think, so you can build up your defenses against the kinds of tricks con artists use, and about keeping more of your hard-earned money where it belongs – in your pocket. AARP Iowa is hosting in-person events in several Iowa communities. Please …

— 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, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6– 6:30 p.m. CT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12 – 1:00 p.m. CT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take steps …

— AARP Iowa invites community groups across the state to schedule a free presentation to help their members guard against fraud. AARP Iowa has a team of trained volunteers ready to give Fraud Watch Network presentations to church groups, civic clubs, veterans organizations, senior centers and libraries across the state. Financial crimes against older Iowans are a growing concern. Con artists often target older people because they are likely to have savings. To schedule a presentation or to become a volunteer …

— AARP Iowa announced on Nov. 10 that it 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 Iowa and nationwide. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as …

— For over four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. On October 3, Abagnale joined forces with AARP Iowa and the AARP Fraud Watch Network for a telephone town hall in Des Moines to help Iowans learn how to spot and avoid scams in order to protect themselves and their family members. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions …

— AARP and Iowa Public Television have teamed up to produce Stealing Your Life, a program on how to guard against fraud. The show features Frank Abagnale, whose exploits decades ago were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can. Today, Abagnale is an authority on forgery, embezzlement and identity theft. For more than 40 years, he has advised the FBI and major corporations on how to outsmart con artists. As an ambassador for AARP Fraud Watch Network, he has …

— Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams.  Last year alone, 13.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft.  That’s one person victimized every two seconds! Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. Discard old confidential documents safely and securely at the FREE Shred Day at the Johnston Public Library in Greater Des Moines and in the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ parking lot in Cedar Rapids. Bring …

— Need a financial tune up? Money Smart Week events to the rescue! If you could use a little help learning how to stretch your money and jump start your retirement security planning, join AARP for these Money Smart Week Iowa programs!   Financial Security on Tap Cedar Rapids: Tues., April 25, 5:30-7 PM Des Moines: Wed., April 26, 5:30-7 PM AARP and the Iowa Insurance Division (IID) invite you to join them at this informative event. Learn about the Investor …

— AARP Iowa and the state Office of Attorney General are hosting a teletown hall about imposter scams on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. AARP also is sponsoring two free shredding events, one in Des Moines on April 29, and the other in Cedar Rapids on May 1. According to federal data, nearly 14,000 Iowans filed scam complaints in 2015. Identity theft complaints topped the list, with imposter and debt collector scams following closely behind. “Con artists don’t …

— The state population is aging, and financial crimes against older people are a growing concern. Thirty-seven percent of fraud complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2015 came from consumers 60 and older. To combat the problem, AARP Iowa has trained a team of Fraud Watch Network volunteers, who make presentations to church groups, senior centers, service organizations and other community groups across the state. The AARP state office wants to expand the number of organizations reached in 2017. …