— 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 …

— How it Works: You get an e-mail that appears to be from Amazon.com stating your recent order cannot be shipped. Claiming a problem with processing, the e-mail informs you that you won’t be able to access your account or place orders with Amazon until you confirm your information. A “click here” link leads to an authentic-looking Amazon web page to confirm your name, address and credit card information. After entering the information and clicking on a “save and continue” button, …

— The Federal Trade Commission reports 57,838 complaints of identity theft and fraud in North Carolina in 2014. How safe do people think they are? According to the 2016 AARP Cyber Security survey, adults age 18 and older would be more favorable toward a coffee shop, bookstore, hotel, or other public location that offers free public Wi-Fi if they provided users with information on how to protect themselves from cyber scams. Seven-in-ten survey respondents believe that locations offering free public Wi-Fi …

— With summer travel square upon us, let’s look at how we can protect ourselves. Sunscreen? Check. Bottles of water? In tow. Protection from people trying to steal your money and identity? Maybe not. Identity theft. IRS imposters. Bogus bills. How can you outsmart the scammers? The AARP Fraud Watch Network keeps you in-the-know on how to protect you and your family from scams and fraud. Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched …

— The campaign season is in full swing. Do you know each candidate’s plans for Social Security? The AARP state office is asking North Carolinians to put that question to every presidential or congressional candidate who asks for their vote. AARP volunteers have been showing up at rallies and debates across the state to inform voters about Social Security proposals and to urge contenders to “take a stand” on the critical retirement program. Almost 1.9 million North Carolinians receive Social Security, …