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—   Avoiding identity theft, scams and other frauds is one of our members’ top concerns. That’s why in Minnesota a network of fraud fighting volunteers is educating the public about how to protect their hard-earned savings. To keep everyone informed of the latest scams, Jay Haapala from the state office hosts regular meetings. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for October 31 and December 2 at 10:00 a.m. Volunteers can join the conference call by dialing 1-866-215-3402 then code 1265653 when prompted. …

— 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 …

— Building on the success of its previous fraud prevention efforts, AARP Minnesota is recruiting volunteers to expand the AARP Fraud Watch Network into rural parts of the state. Volunteers receive training to learn how Minnesotans can protect themselves from the latest scams. They may observe or team up with more experienced speakers as they learn. They also participate in monthly calls to stay up to date. The workshops include recordings from FBI sting operations, so participants can hear con artists …

— By David Hawley The man who contacted A.C. Kulak on an Internet chat site claimed to be a stressed-out American surgeon working for the United Nations in war-torn Syria. But in reality, he was a member of an overseas scam ring. “I felt sorry for him, and that’s how he really got me,” said Kulak, 80, a retired clerical worker from the Minneapolis area. Over a period of months, the “surgeon” and other members of the scam ring bombarded Kulak …