— Join our online Q&A session to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7– 7:30 p.m. ET   The IRS Imposter Scam is one of the most common scams affecting Americans today — and the rollout of new Medicare cards starting in April presents big opportunities for scammers. During sessions, you’ll learn what each scam is, ways to identify and report the scam and where to find …

— New Poll Highlights Finds 1 in 4 Americans Often Not Prepared to Face Aggressive Scammers As tax time approaches, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Massachusetts are joining in efforts to help Commonwealth taxpayers avoid criminal imposters 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 …

— SCAM ALERT #1 Medicare is sending out new cards to beneficiaries starting this month and running through April 2019. The new cards will no longer list the beneficiary’s Social Security number, making them much safer. However, the change gives scammers an opportunity. If you get a call purporting to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saying you either have to confirm your Social Security number or pay for your new card, hang up. The new cards are …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” — a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Monday, April 16 through Monday, May 21, 2018.  April also brings the personal finance awareness activities of Smart Money Week (from April 21 to 28), so we’re excited to do our part with events to teach consumers to …

— Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is: An Educator: Get real-time alerts about …

— H.B. 4241 and S.B. 2304: An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports Consumers are now two steps closer to having meaningful protections from identity theft. The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently passed An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports, and the Senate has now referred the Bill to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, awaiting recommendation. On behalf of 800,000 AARP members in Massachusetts, we praise our legislators …

— Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are impacted by fraud and scams. Want to avoid becoming one of them? Join us at a free, upcoming Fraud Watch Network discussion, and learn how to spot scams, fraud, and prevent attempts to steal your identity.

— Join us this week for an AARP Fraud Watch Network TeleTown Hall to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from fraud, ID theft, and scams. Our special guest is John Chapman, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Provide your telephone number and you’ll automatically receive a call, which will connect you to the TeleTown Hall. There are two sessions: One on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET, and a …

— Did you know that every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Fight back with help from the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Join us for a discussion at the Newton Free Library on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, from 7-8 p.m., and learn how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family. The event, which is free of charge and everyone — members, non-members and people of all ages —  is sponsored by AARP Massachusetts, …

— NEW ACTION ALERT! As we announced earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is supporting legislation that would remove fees to place or remove a credit report security freeze, which is an easy way Massachusetts residents can help protect themselves from identity (ID) theft and fraud. When we issued an Action Alert, asking you to contact your legislators to urge them to sign on as sponsors of this legislation, you did so with great results! The legislation has been filed in both the …