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— In 2016, there were over 3,600 reported complaints of interstate moving fraud. The offenses include taking goods hostage, overcharges, loss and damage, and insurance issues. The average loss claim was a jaw-dropping $8,000. HOW IT WORKS  Rogue movers typically give you a low estimate over the phone or online without ever seeing the goods you want moved. Once your items are on their truck, they demand more money. They force you to pay more if you want your goods back. …

— South Dakotans can worry a little less about identity theft, thanks to a new law backed by AARP South Dakota. Effective July 1, if a company or agency discovers a security breach, it must disclose that fact within 60 days to any South Dakotan whose personal information has been jeopardized. If the leak affects more than 250 residents, the state attorney general must be alerted. For fraud prevention tips, visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork, as well as …

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— There are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! But there are questionable characters out there too, who are trying to hook you on winning and reel in the profits for themselves. HOW IT WORKS: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings;You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to wire money to a well-known company to insure delivery of the prize; You have …

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— Hail, wind, fire and tornadoes can make the summer months a dangerous time to live in South Dakota. Unfortunately for many of us, when it comes to natural disasters it may not be a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Before a storm, we recommend you visit Ready.gov for resources that can help you prepare your family, home and community for a possible emergency. AARP Live on RFD-TV also hosts two live call-in shows per year on the topic of disaster preparedness. …

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— With the tech support scam, you get an online popup or a call from a well-known tech company (like Microsoft or Apple) saying that a virus has been identified on your computer. The scammer convinces you that he can fix the problem for a fee. Victims who catch on and stop payment are now getting hit with an associated scam. HOW IT WORKS:  You cancel payment for the fake tech support you purchased only to receive an official-looking letter from …

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— A law passed in 2015 requires Medicare to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Beneficiaries will begin to receive their new cards in May, and the rollout will continue into 2019. This is a good move, since Social Security numbers are the key to identity theft, and having them displayed on Medicare cards has long presented a risk. Unfortunately, scammers have come up with ways to take advantage of this change. HOW IT WORKS:  Scammers claiming to be from …

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— What’s the best way to protect yourself from con artists’ latest tricks? Learn how a scam works. What’s the best way to do that? 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 …

— 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 …

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— Every two seconds in the US, someone’s identity is stolen, resulting in tens of billions of dollars landing in the pockets of con artists and other unsavory criminals. AARP South Dakota is warning our members to be extra vigilant as tax season comes to a close. South Dakotans filed more than 3,200 consumer complaints of fraud and identity theft last year, 33% of which were employment or tax-related.   The AARP Fraud Watch Network is helping you take steps to protect yourself and …

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— A surge in television, radio and internet ads from law firms and lawsuit marketing companies is causing some patients to take serious risks. While “opt-in” notices are required for law firms bringing class action complaints, the rhetoric of these ads have frightened some patients into stopping critical life-saving medications without consulting a healthcare practitioner. WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:  These ads use terms like “medical alert”, “consumer alert”, “FDA warning” or “recall” and warn about the risk of death and …