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— AARP Iowa hosted a live event on April 10 to discuss fraud, scams, and identity theft with AARP members across the state. The call featured Iowa State Director Brad Anderson, State Attorney General Tom Miller, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen, and Jessica Whitney and Al Perales from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. The experts shared information on various scams such as the IRS scam, investment scams, and caller ID spoofing. To view the program in its entirety as well …

— Not in the Des Moines area? Or unable to stop by our table at the Des Moines Playhouse Performances of Catch Me If You Can? Then enter our Des Moines Fraud Sweepstakes online and you may win Microcut Shredder to help keep your personal information safe from scammers. STEP 1: Visit http://bit.ly/fraudsweeps on March 21, 2019 9:00am CT through April 14, 2019 9:00pm CT. STEP 2: Fill out the Entry Form here http://bit.ly/fraudsweeps, including entering First Name, Last Name, Postal …

— Discard old confidential documents safely and securely at our FREE Shred Day in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines . Bring up to three boxes of documents (per household). Staples and paper clips are fine, but all binders need to be removed.  No registration is needed. Cedar Rapids  Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. – noon Lower Parking Lot of Veterans Memorial Stadium 950 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids Des Moines  Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. – noon Johnston Public …

— The Social Security Administration is using new public service announcements to warn Americans about the increasing number of telephone scams and to advise what to do about them. The number of such telephone impostor scams has increased more than tenfold in recent years. Complaints about them jumped from 3,200 in 2017 to 35,000 in 2018, with financial loses increasing from $210,000 to $10 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The PSAs are 60-second, 30-second and 15-second warnings for airing on TV and radio. The scams …

— During tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the ways that scammers and hackers may try to put your potential refund in their pocket. A number of different scams tend to ramp up during the filing season. Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job.  There are also computer viruses out there (the “Emotet” virus for one) that can send emails supposedly from the IRS …

— One of the first cons to flourish on the internet, the “Nigerian prince” scam, also known as the “419” scam (named for the section of Nigeria’s criminal code dealing with fraud), has an ignominious history that long predates the digital age. Its roots go back to a notorious 19th-century swindle called the “Spanish Prisoner,” and the method of attack has progressed from letters and faxes to emails and social media. What hasn’t changed is the premise: The scammer poses as …

— The Internet can be a wonderful place to start friendships and relationships. Sometimes, this is done intentionally through dating sites or apps. Other times, it happens through social media or in a chat room. Fraudsters build trust through online relationships for the sole purpose of stealing money from victims. Scammers in these scenarios typically are quick to get their victims to continue their conversations through personal email, instant message or texting. Online dating scammers will be quick to profess love …

— In recent years, gift cards have taken off in popularity. Unfortunately, scammers have a keen interest in gift cards, too – only for them, they are being used to pry money from you as a form of payment in their latest con. Scams that seek payment by gift cards take many forms, but often have a common theme. They may assert you neglected to pay taxes to the IRS and must pay immediately. You may receive a call from the …

— Across the United States, scam robo-calls make the way into voice mail boxes and emails of people all ages. People aged 50+ tend to fall for such scams far more than others. In 2019, it is estimated that 44.6% of cell phone calls will be robo or scam calls, which is nearly every other call. These scams tend to cover a range of different topics, from zero interest down on loans, deals on credit cards and warrants to trying to …

— Learn How to Avoid Their Scams at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar The Imposters: Keeping Yourself Safe from Scammers Part 1: Valentines, Candy & Online Romance Scams, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6 p.m. CT They’re two-faced—someone who pretends to be something they’re not for a secret reason. And they’re out to steal your money. Experts call them the imposters. They could be …