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— With vacation season in full swing, you may be looking to book vacation rentals for your summer trips. Be careful as you make these reservations – scammers are ready with fake vacation rental ads to steal your money and leave you stranded on vacation. Scammers may place real homes on vacation rental sites without the consent of the homeowner, and change the contact and payment information to their own. They may also make up nonexistent properties and advertise them with …

—   NEW — PLEASE WATCH: NC fraud fighters give you tips on spotting, preventing and reporting home contractor scams.   Fraud that targets older adults is a big problem in North Carolina and nationally. According to the latest statistics from the Consumer Sentinel and the NC Department of Justice, there were 57,838 North Carolina complaints about identity theft and fraud in 2014. (That report is being updated this spring and finds that the problem is getting worse). AARP North Carolina …

— ASHEVILLE – At a regional fraud prevention event held by elder advocates across the Mountain Region, AARP volunteer Betsy Cantrell was presented with the AARP Andrus Award for her outstanding contributions to improving the lives of adults as they age. The award, named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus is given each year to the North Carolinian who has done the most to promote the health, economic security and well-being of older adults. According to AARP North Carolina, Cantrell …

— If you’ve been a victim of identity theft or some other kind of fraud, you are not alone. Nearly 70,000 North Carolinians filed claims of fraud, identity theft or other consumer complaints with the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. Nearly a fifth of those complaints were related to debt collection, and almost a fifth of the identity theft complaints were related to employment and taxes. In 2017, Durham-Chapel Hill ranked 43rd out of 392 metro areas nationwide in identity theft …

— RALEIGH – As part of an initiative to help curb fraud and identity theft that target older North Carolinians, AARP is pleased to announce a new top volunteer position it is working to fill.  AARP’s Fraud Prevention Impact Leader will work with AARP North Carolina Executive Council members and other volunteers to develop and implement a statewide fraud prevention plan and extend AARP Fraud Watch Network programs and advocacy across the state. Fraud and identity theft continue to be growing …

— 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 …

— AARP North Carolina joined Attorney General Josh Stein and State Representative Jason Saine (R) Lincolnton, when they introduced a proposal to strengthen North Carolina’s laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims. The Attorney General and other state law enforcement officials have been part of AARP’s efforts to protect North Carolinians from fraud and scams that target older adults. “Last year, more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,” said …

Operation Protect Veterans AARP Nevada Fraud scams

— New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans WASHINGTON, D.C. – AARP North Carolina today announced that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across North Carolina and nationwide. With a …

— Let me introduce you to a family caregiver, Lisa from Hawaii. With the help of her sister, Lisa cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease — managing medications, cleaning the house, and handling any medical issues. They also managed her mother’s finances. Lisa shared: “It felt like our whole world was slowly falling apart. At the time we did not know much about the disease or how quickly it was going to debilitate her. My sister and I took responsibility …

— By Michelle Crouch When it comes to scams targeting North Carolina’s older residents, Attorney General Josh Stein can rattle them off like a grocery list. In the sweepstakes con, a caller says you’ve won a big prize, but you just need to pay the taxes first. You pay the money, but you never get the prize. In another scam, a caller says you missed jury duty and face arrest if you don’t pay a fine. In the IRS hoax, you’re …