— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Missouri. We hope you’ll join us!

— Register today for the live tele-town hall event with Frank Abagnale, fraud expert on Thursday, November 8 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Frank’s life was depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He will be informing us on how to avoid scams and protect our families from fraud. Click the link to register: access.live/AARP-MO

— By Tim Poor Dessa Paris has been cycling seriously for more than two decades, but it was just two years ago that she decided to share her passion with other older adults. The result was Boomers and Bikes, an AARP-sponsored program in which Paris leads cyclists age 50-plus on monthly scenic tours in the St. Louis area. The program, free for AARP members and guests, is great exercise for participants and also benefits Paris, 56. “It’s given me the opportunity …

— 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 …

— By John Reinhart When helping older Missourians understand how to avoid fraud, the first piece of advice Sidney McCarther gives is simple: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. McCarther, 75, of Kansas City, is the state president of AARP Missouri. In this volunteer role, he makes frequent appearances throughout the state on behalf of AARP’s speakers bureau to talk about the prevalence of scams and how to avoid them. “There are so many scammers out there,” …

— More than 22,000 Missourians reported they were victims of identity theft in 2015, giving the state the highest rate of complaints per capita in the nation. With Operation Stop Scams closely following this year’s April 18 tax filing deadline, the time is ripe for people to get rid of documents they no longer need. AARP Missouri is sponsoring free shredding events in Kansas City on April 22 and Springfield, April 29. Anyone can participate, but there is a limit of …

Fraud - It's Everybody's Business

— Scammers and con artists are busy at work! But don’t let your guard down…here are a few scam alerts to keep you safe and secure from crooks. Social Security: Don’t give you Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who’s on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number. Likewise, beware …

— Medicare Annual Enrollment runs through December 7, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. Like the one that might appear in the newspaper offering a free back brace, or the TV infomercial claiming you can get anything to ease your pain with no money out of pocket. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Scammers hope you don’t know this. They …

— Every three seconds, someone is a victim of identity theft and fraud. That’s why AARP Missouri is creating events to help prevent con artists from committing these criminal acts against you. AARP in Kansas City teamed with the Kansas City Police Department to host a free paper shredding event on September 24. AARP members and the general public were invited to drop off sensitive documents that needed shredding for confidentiality reasons. To keep abreast of activities in Kansas City, visit …

— AARP in Kansas City volunteers created a stir with Fraud Watch Network resources at the 2016 Carver Day Celebration held at the Freedom School at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church on July 9. The event was in celebration of the 1943 establishment of the George Washington Carver National Monument and also recognized the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service. AARP in Kansas City Team Leader Tonya Holmes spearheaded the presence of AARP and was joined at the exhibit space by …

— Stealing your ID, Stealing your Life: Using small bits of information found in your car, or your mailbox, con artists can steal your identity and your life. They troll parking lots and neighborhoods waiting for any opportunity to take your personal information and ruin your financial life. On the next AARP Live, convicted cons share their secrets for stealing your identity and our experts tell you how to protect your good name and your pocket book. Join AARP Vermont state …