— What’s the best way to learn how a scam works and how you can protect yourself? 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 and producer, joins Frank, a former confidence …

— 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, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6– 6:30 p.m. CT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12 – 1:00 p.m. CT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take steps …

— AARP Oklahoma has partnered with the IRS to share important tax information beginning in tax season and continuing throughout the year. Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a …

— Lately, it seems that you can’t go one day without hearing about the tremendous gains (and losses) of Bitcoin and other popular “virtual currencies.” While high returns make them intriguing as an investment, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) wants you to be aware of the possible risks associated with investing or speculating in virtual currencies. Here’s information straight from the CFTC: What You Should Know: Virtual currency is a type of unregulated digital money that is used and …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network invites you to FREE Senior Fraud Conferences hosted by the Oklahoma Insurance Department across the state. The conferences are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. A complimentary breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Sign up today to learn how to protect yourself, friends and families from frauds and scams. REGISTER ONLINE at  MAP.OID.OK.GOV or CALL  1-800-763-2828 ARDMORE – MARCH 13 Ardmore Convention Center 2401 N. Rockford Rd. Salons D & E Ardmore, OK 73401   OKLAHOMA CITY – …

— As we enter tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the signs that point to possible tax identity theft. How it works: Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job. What you should know: If the IRS receives a duplicate tax return filing using your Social Security number, you will receive a written notice through the mail. Likewise, the IRS will send a notice if …

— 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 …

— 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 …