— Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation on several measures of quality of care in nursing homes. This must stop! AARP Oklahoma has created the Nursing Home CARE Plan which is a series of bills that begin to correct the ways in which our state’s most frail and vulnerable are cared for: HB 1902 / SB280: Ties nursing home reimbursements to quality of care. SB 142: Puts an end to the shameful and immoral practice of using antipsychotic drugs …

— AARP Oklahoma is hosting free events to help residents get rid of sensitive documents without the fear of identity theft. Thieves who prey on other people’s identities thrive on finding confidential information. One way to keep this data safe is to routinely destroy documents with identifying information, such as bank and credit card statements, old tax forms and medical bills. More than 35,000 pounds of personal paperwork were shredded at AARP events in Oklahoma last year. April shredding events will …

— Register for free Oklahoma Senior Protection Summits, meet the AARP OK Fraud Fighters and register to win a personal microcut shredder. Topics will include insurance fraud, Medicare fraud, investment fraud, banking fraud, and current senior scams. • March 27 – Oklahoma City, Moore Norman Technology Center, 13301 S. Penn Ave. • Apri1 4 – Duncan, Simmons Center, 800 Chisholm Trail Pkwy. • April 23 – Tulsa, Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills, 1902 E. 71st St. • May 2 – Mustang, Mustang …

— Oklahomans have four opportunities in April and May to shred sensitive documents, for free, in Lawton, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa. AARP Oklahoma is once again collaborating with community partners to host free, drive-thru shredding events. You do not have to be an AARP member to participate. “Your documents will be shredded on-site and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve taken an important step in the fight against identity theft and fraud,” said Joe Ann Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma State …

— For more than a decade, the jury duty scam remains one of the most successful impostor schemes. Fraudsters not only get a quick payoff but also may gather enough personal details for future identity theft.   How it works: It starts with a phone call, and a claim that you face imminent arrest because you didn’t report for jury duty. This call may seem authentic, with your caller ID showing a phone numbers for a courthouse or law enforcement agency, and the con …

— During tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the ways that scammers and hackers may try to put your potential refund in their pocket. How it works: A number of different scams tend to ramp up during the filing season. Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job. There are also computer viruses out there (the “Emotet” virus for one) that can send emails supposedly …

— In recent years, gift cards have taken off in popularity. Unfortunately, scammers have a keen interest in gift cards, too – only for them, they are being used to pry money from you as a form of payment in their latest con. How It Works: Scams that seek payment by gift cards take many forms, but often carry a common theme. They may assert that you neglected to pay taxes to the IRS and must pay immediately. Or the “utility …

— Learn How to Avoid Their Scams at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar The Imposters: Keeping Yourself Safe from Scammers Part 1: Valentines, Candy & Online Romance Scams, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6 p.m. CT They’re two-faced—someone who pretends to be something they’re not for a secret reason. And they’re out to steal your money. Experts call them the imposters. They could be …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6 p.m. CT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— Veterans protected our country with sacrifice and service. Now, AARP is working to protect veterans from scams that target veterans and their guaranteed benefits. Targeting veterans can take many forms: The Update Your Military File Scam: A caller claims to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs and asks to “update” your information, but really is hoping to get personal information to steal your credit. Veterans Choice Program (VCP) Scam: Scammers set up a phone number nearly identical to the …