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

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, June 1, in Minot and Grand Forks. A shredding truck will be at each location between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Minot event will be held in the south parking lot at the Minot Municipal Auditorium, 420 3rd Ave. SW. The Grand Forks event …

— Whether the scam involves phony winnings from a fake sweepstakes or a threat to have you arrested for supposed nonpayment of taxes, information is the key to foiling scam artists. Attend this Fraud Watch lunch and learn to hear about the most prevalent scams locally, what to watch out for, and proactive steps you can take to protect yourself. There is no cost to attend this lunch and learn, but registration is required. Call 1-877-926-8300 or register online below by …

— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

— In July AARP North Dakota was fortunate to host the world’s leading expert on fraud and scams in Fargo, where he spoke to about 1,000 people. Abagnale also participated in a telephone town hall with thousands of North Dakotans that day. You can listen to that conversation here. Abagnale also sat down with Prairie Public and you can watch that conversation on Prairie Public’s YouTube channel. Abagnale says there is a victim of identity theft every two seconds. Children are …

— Do you want to make a difference for others right where you live? AARP North Dakota is looking for people who are willing to present fraud and scam information to small groups and clubs in communities in your area. We’ll be conducting a training session on the AARP Fraud Watch Network on August 16 in Fargo. You’ll be provided with valuable, up-to-date resources and information to share with folks, helping to keep them from being scammed. Those attending the training …

— What’s the best way to protect yourself from con artists’ latest tricks? Learn how a scam works. What’s the best way to do that? Go to the source. AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, known for his bestselling book-turned-blockbuster movie, Catch Me If You Can, has worked on fraud prevention for more than four decades with law enforcement, financial institutions and corporations. Now he is co-hosting AARP’s new podcast series, “The Perfect ScamSM.” Will Johnson, former Discovery Channel podcast host …

— Starting in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, including 126,000 in North Dakota. Instead of a Social Security number, the new card will have a Medicare number that’s unique to each person with Medicare. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost …

— In the wake of the Equifax data breach, volunteers trained to help consumers avoid scams are prepared to speak to community groups in North Dakota. Thousands of residents reported fraud and identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. These presentations offer a way to fight back. The volunteer Fraud Fighters describe recent scams and explain the techniques that con artists use. To schedule a presentation, email aarpnd@aarp.org or call 866-554-5383 toll-free.

— AARP North Dakota has joined 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 Dakota and nationwide. The goal of Operation Protect Veterans is to educate and protect veterans from losing money to con artists. A new AARP survey …

— AARP has a group of volunteers from across the state who are trained to be “Fraud Fighters,” and are willing to provide valuable presentations to help protect North Dakotans from fraud and scams. The Fraud Fighters are equipped with resources and up-to-date information to help safeguard against identity theft and other scams. Presentations include information on watchdog alerts, how to spot and avoid scams, and how to protect yourself and your family. If you know of an organization or service …