— As we honor those who have served our country this Veterans Day, know that scammers go to great lengths to target their money, their benefits, and their commitment to current and former soldiers. How it works: Targeting veterans can take many forms: The Cash for Benefits Scheme: Predatory lenders target veterans in need of money by offering cash in exchange for future disability or pension payments. These buyouts are typically a fraction of the value of the benefit. The Update …

— Join AARP OK as News on 6 Anchor Lori Fullbright presents a free Cons, Frauds & Scams Safety Seminar on September 19, 2017 at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center Zarrow Campus, Barbara and Dave Sylvan Auditorium, 2021 E 71st St, Tulsa. DATE: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 TIME: Doors open at 5 p.m. Presentation begins at 6 p.m. LOCATION: Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center Zarrow Campus, Barbara and Dave Sylvan Auditorium 2021 E 71st St Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136 (918) 495-1111 Complimentary …

— Join AARP Oklahoma at the Tulsa World’s 2017 Senior Living Expo August 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Renaissance Hotel, 6808 S 107th E Ave, Tulsa. This free event will include free health screenings, informative seminars to help you plan and live well, as well as shopping and entertainment. Join AARP Oklahoma Fraud Fighter Wayne Blackmon for a special 30-minute seminar at 10:15 a.m on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you …

— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— Collect Social Security? A new scam is targeting YOU. How it works: A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information. If the scammer succeeds, they use …

—   The federal government grant scam has been around for years. But now, scammers are finding targets through social media. How it works: You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government, and that you could be eligible, too. You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and  are told you qualify—all you have to do is send a money order or provide …

— IRS imposters are at their old game – but with a new twist. The IRS reports that this current scam is being reported across the country. How it works: Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters about an outstanding tax bill, but the letters were returned as undeliverable. The scammer threatens immediate arrest unless the tax bill is paid using a prepaid debit card. The scammer falsely contends that the prepaid debit card …

— The summer months unleash door-to-door sales agents in communities across the country.  We’ve received reports of a scam run by con artists claiming to be from home security companies.  While many home security companies conduct legitimate business using door-to-door sales agents, be wary of anyone using high pressure tactics or creating a false sense of urgency – common traits of a scam! How it works: It may be a scam if an agent comes to your door offering a great …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network invites you to FREE Senior Fraud Conferences hosted by the Oklahoma Insurance Department across the state. The conferences begin at 8:30 AM and a complimentary breakfast will be provided. Sign up today to learn how to protect yourself, friends and families from frauds and scams. TO REGISTER CALL  1-800-763-2828.   JUNE 1 – PAULS VALLEY Donald W. Reynolds Recreation Center 1005 N. Willow Pauls Valley, OK 73075   JUNE 6 – ALTUS Privett Event Center 1320 N. …

— There are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP). But there are also a lot of bad players looking to bilk you out of your money. How It Works: You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings; You have to wire money to a well-known company to insure delivery of the prize; You have to deposit a check they have sent you; Your notice was mailed …