— 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 New Jersey for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Submitted By: Howard B. Weinreich – AARP NJ Volunteer   Last year a massive data breach occurred at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies. Hackers accessed sensitive information, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers of more than 145,500,000 Americans, over 50% of the U.S. adult population. This was not an isolated event. The Identity Theft Resource Center estimates that, since 2005, there have been more than 9,000 data breaches with more …

— 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, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7– 7:30 p.m. ET Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.  Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.                       IRS Impostor Scam As tax filing season rolls on, be on the lookout for the IRS impostor scam. You may get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and saying you owe …

— By Aliya King Four years ago, Phyllis Soffer noticed $2,900 in unauthorized charges on her credit card. “I hadn’t even taken my credit card out of my wallet,” she said. Whether it was digital pickpocketing or a hacker who bought credit card information, Soffer did not lose any money. She used the experience to remain vigilant and spread the word about fraud. “These days, it’s so hard to keep up with all the ways you can be taken advantage of,” …

— Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us to fight back against fraud! The shred events will take place at the dates and locations below. Please note, the Hackensack event requires an RSVP and pre-registration. The others do not. Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Patten Park, 339 Reade St. Perth Amboy, NJ 08862 Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Jose Marti Freshman Academy 1800 …

— Statistics from the National Council on Aging show that 1 in 10 Americans 60 and older have experienced elder abuse, and there is broad consensus that the crime is significantly underreported. That’s why AARP New Jersey is working with other organizations on a recently created state Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The task force will develop policy proposals to reduce elder abuse, including mental, physical and financial exploitation. A key goal is to strengthen the capabilities …

— In order to help hardworking Americans protect their money AARP created the Fraud Watch Network; a free community resource for people of all ages to learn how to protect themselves against fraud and scams. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen across the US. In the past six years scammers have stolen roughly $112 billion dollars from hardworking Americans, that’s about $35,600 a second! Identity theft is a crime that can wreak havoc on an individual’s or a family’s personal …

— Catch the world’s leading expert on outsmarting con artist! Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor, and cashed millions in fraudulent checks.  In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert… he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can!  For over 40 years, he has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists.  He is one of the most respected …

— Frank Abagnale, a security consultant to the FBI for more than 40 years, will offer tips on how to avoid scams at an AARP Fraud Watch Network event at the Ellora in Edison on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Abagnale’s colorful past as a con artist in the 1960s inspired the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can. He has written three books on fraud and identity theft, and has helped large companies beef up security against cyberattacks. New Jerseyans filed more …