— 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, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7 p.m. ET 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 …

— Spring cleaning should include old tax documents and records you can’t just toss in the trash. Again this year, AARP Rhode Island is offering a solution. Make plans to drop off documents that include private information at locations in Providence and Newport. Scammers will hate you for this… #AARPRI

— 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, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET 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 …

— Stop identify theft in its tracks! Free document shredding this Saturday, November, 17, 9 a.m.-noon at the Edward King House, 35 King St., Newport. #AARPRI #FraudWpatch is pleased to provide this service. Learn more… http://spr.ly/6181EBCCT

— By Kathleen Connell, State Director Published in RI Senior Digest, July, 2018   The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides a steady stream of advice aimed at pre-empting consumer fraud. The problem is rampant, costing Americans billions of dollars every year, and for some the loss of life savings. Your best protection is staying ahead of the scammers and con artists. They are as clever and persistent as they are devious and heartless. At a recent cyber security presentation in Warwick, …

— AARP Rhode Island warns there are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! However, there are questionable characters out there who are trying to hook you on winning to reel in the profits for themselves. #AARPRI 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 …

—       AARP Rhode Island Offers Free Document Shredding, Saturday, May 5 Dropoffs in Providence and Newport   Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good wayto protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help. Bring any confidential documents to our and we’ll shred them for free. You do not need to be an AARP member. It only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of …

— You’ve probably heard about love scams, IRS scams, and scams that swindle the elderly out of their life savings. Now, there’s a new scam on the rise: con artists are targeting military veterans and extorting money from them. Learn more from Dr. Phil…     From the AARP Fraudwatch Network 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 …

— AARP Rhode Island is one of some 40 states participating in Operation Stop Scams, a series of AARP events across the country in April and May. These events coincide with Money Smart Week, a national campaign to help consumers manage their personal finances more effectively. We will offer free document shredding on Wednesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in our parking lot at 10 Orms Street, Providence. It’s a smooth, drive-through operation. Enter the lot on either Charles or Orms Street. We …

— Why some put their savings at risk By Kathleen Connell For most people, it’s wishful thinking. For some it is the story behind the story of how they lost a life’s savings. Americans lose tens of billions of dollars a year to investment fraud schemes. That includes people of all ages, but Americans over 50 are more vulnerable. Think I’m talking about Investing for Dummies? Read on. A recent AARP study has revealed that many of the victims share common …