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— As we enter the holiday season, once again it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy: Watch out for deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and …

— Lately, scammers have been spoofing phone numbers of banks, doctor’s offices and other official agencies. Spoofing means that a scammer’s phone number will show up on your caller ID as an official number. Scammers have been doing this with the 1-800 number for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to try and collect vital personal information from people in order to steal their identities. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network was debriefed by the Office of Acting Inspector General (OIG) about …

— AARP Iowa has a team of trained volunteers who are eager to protect older state residents from scams and fraud. The AARP Fraud Watch volunteers have been well received by church and service groups, book clubs and other community organizations across the state for the past two years. As organizations are planning their program calendars for 2019, they are invited to contact AARP Iowa to schedule a Fraud Watch Network presentation. Get the latest information about scams happening locally and …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6 p.m. CT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— Scammers have come up with tactics that specifically target Veterans.  AARP wants to make sure you and the loved ones in your life have the resources to protect yourselves from the following scams. Targeting veterans can take many forms. The following list are some scammer favorites to look out for: The Update Your Military File Scam: A caller claims to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs and asks to “update” your information, but really is hoping to get personal …

— Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone when you’re in the middle of something and then having the “person” on the line be another robot telemarketer telling you that someone has “stolen your credit card information.” Unfortunately, these illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever and they’re costing victims of scammers millions of dollars each year. Scammers often leverage legal “robocall” technology unlawfully as a way to dial thousands of numbers at a time, …

— When you go into an airport, coffee shop or mall, connecting to free public Wi-Fi is convenient for sending emails, checking social media or even sending a text, but using it can be risky. A common tactic scammers use to collect your personal information, emails, credit card numbers and passwords is by setting up their own “evil twin” network with the same name as an already existing public Wi-Fi network. The scammer hopes that your computer or device will connect …

— With the holiday season approaching, scam artists will be out in full force looking to take advantage of unsuspecting Americans. Every year, con artists steal billions from people of all ages, but older adults are especially vulnerable. We’re fighting back through the AARP Fraud Watch Network, and are hosting in-person lunch programs in Bettendorf on Nov. 28 and Council Bluffs on Nov. 29. At these events, led by AARP Iowa volunteer fraud watch network experts, attendees will be given tips …

— When your personal information has been put in jeopardy, one of the first steps you want to take is freezing your credit report. In the past, this process has been costly and tedious but soon it will be much smoother. A new law goes into effect September 21 that will make it free to lock your credit file by freezing it with the three major credit rating companies. In the past, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion have charged fees to freeze …

— On an almost daily basis, there is a headline in the news about yet another data breach. While these events have become almost routine, it is still important to be sure to protect your identity from scammers. You can ensure your information stays safe by following these three steps that can make all the difference when a data breach happens. Rethink Your Passwords: Use unique passwords for each of your online accounts. That way, if one account is hacked, it …