— 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, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 5 p.m. MT 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 …

— Tech Support Calling You Out of the Blue?  It’s Likely a Scam. A fraud alert from Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network | View email online Computer viruses are scary, and for years scammers have sought to exploit this fear by convincing people that their computers were infected. Now that scammers have adopted robocall technology to support their schemes, victimization by phone is on the rise. A favorite tactic of scammers is the “tech support” scam.     How It Works You get …

— An AARP Utah Real Possibilities University will present tips next month on how people can maintain mental dexterity as they age. Kevin Duff, a professor of neurology at the University of Utah, will discuss staying sharp and improving memory function at the event, in South Jordan, on Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.). It is being held at the Megaplex at the District, 3761 West Parkway Plaza Drive. Breakout sessions will feature a …

— During tax season, fraudsters ramp up their scams, so it’s a good time for consumers to focus on protecting themselves from identity theft. A key safeguard is the proper disposal of sensitive documents, including personal information used for filing taxes. AARP Utah is partnering with Shred-it to help keep people’s personal details from falling into the wrong hands. Free shredding will be offered Saturday, May 11, in Utah County. Up to 10 boxes per car will be accepted from 9 …

— Once again, AARP Utah will host a shredding event as part of AARP’s nationwide Operation:  Stop Scams events in April and May, aimed at protecting people from identity theft and fraud.  This year’s shredding event will be held at Timpanogos High School’s parking lot on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am–11:00am.   This event is free and open to the public, but if you’re an AARP member we ask that you bring your membership card.  Shred-it is generously offering its services again this year, and …

— 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, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 5 p.m. MT 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, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5 p.m. MT 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 …

— by Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network Veterans Day has come and gone for this year, but we want veterans to 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 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 …

— Consumers, take note!  Next Thursday, November 15 the Financial Fraud Institute will be holding a free fraud presentation with experts from federal and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  They will outline steps to spot and avoid fraud, as well as provide information about what to do  if you believe you have been the target of a scam.  Register here or call 801-579-6191 to reserve your seat, as space in limited. The Keynote Speaker will be Chief Magistrate Judge Paul M. …

— by Kathy Stokes The battle to protect your identity is getting a little easier – or at least cheaper. A new law goes into effect September 21 that will make it free to lock your credit file by freezing it with the three major credit rating companies. In the past, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion have charged fees to freeze your credit reports to help protect against fraud. In states that have not already outlawed the fees, the freezes had cost …