— 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, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7– 7:30 p.m. ET Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— It’s time for spring cleaning, and that includes getting rid of old bank statements and other financial documents. But don’t just throw them out. Shred instead. Otherwise, identity thieves can use the information to steal your savings. AARP South Carolina and the Better Business Bureau are cosponsoring three free shredding events this month, each from 9 a.m. to noon. The first is Friday, April 20, at Simpsonville City Park, Simpsonville. The other two are Saturday, April 21, at Anderson Mall …

— Thanks for joining the call to learn about identifying frauds and scams. Here is a list of resources mentioned on the call. Just click and you will automatically be connected to the information. AARP If you want to sign up to join the Fraud Watch Network and receive email alerts about the latest scams click here   You can also sign up by calling 1-877-908-3360. AARP and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Team – Operation Protect Veterans  South Carolina Department of Consumer …

— AARP South Carolina today announced that it is joining 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 South Carolina and nationwide. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as …

— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us to fight back against fraud at a free shredding event in South Carolina during May. Please limit your items to three bags or boxes. Shredding services are provided free and open to the public.   Myrtle Beach Shredding Event May 16, 2017 9:00 am – 12 noon Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 1251 21st Street N, Myrtle Beach SC 29577 Columbia Shredding Event May 18, …

—     Upcoming shred events. Please limit to three bags or boxes. How big is too big? If you can load in your vehicle, someone will unload it for you. Use your best judgement! Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed.     SPARTANBURG April 27th  9:00 am – noon Department of Public Safety Spartanburg 145 W. Broad Street Spartanburg, 29306   HORRY COUNTY April 29th 9:00 am – noon Horry County Judicial and Government Center 1301 …

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— With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 62% of South Carolina consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” details AARP’s polling of South Carolina consumers regarding the most common holiday …

— See a need, meet a need! South Carolina has experienced horrific and historical flooding. It’s heart breaking to see our friends, family and neighbors hurting and devastated. We are a proud state and know in difficult times, South Carolina becomes stronger and shows the nation what we are made of. Many of you have been asking, “What can I do?” There are many ways you can help with your time and resources. Here is some important information from AARP SC. …

— Information on upcoming Fraud Watch Network Events in SC Spartanburg First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg, South Carolina Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:00 AM to noon REGISTER Kingstree Kingstree Recreation Center Kingstree, South Carolina Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:00 AM to noon REGISTER Florence Florence County Library 509 S. Dargan Street Florence, South Carolina Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET REGISTER    

— By Linda H. Lamb The woman on the phone was painfully embarrassed. She wouldn’t even give her name to Juliana Harris of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. She poured out a story about an online romance that turned out to be a fraud. To Harris, the details were all too familiar. “These romantic scams are difficult to hear about,” Harris said. “The woman got involved with a man online and ended up losing thousands of dollars. “Usually, the …