—           AARP Vermont Fraud Watch Network needs you!   We are recruiting volunteers to act as team members in our efforts to protect Vermonters from becoming victims of fraud and scams.  What is AARP Fraud Watch?  The program is part of a nation-wide effort to educate the public on the nature fraud and the various forms it takes.  In Vermont, we conduct presentations for groups and organizations on a variety of topics, we distribute literature by staffing …

— In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season arrived early this year (right after Labor Day) and once again the Grinch in the form of a con-artist is working hard to ruin your celebrations.  In this two-part series, we’ll look at a number of ways criminals are working to separate you from your money. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have become a major part of the shopping season on the con-artist calendar.  A “new” twist seen this year is …

— In cooperation with the state Office of Attorney General and Department of Public Safety, AARP Vermont is spreading the word about VT Scam Alert, a new component of VT-Alert, the state’s emergency notification system. Vermonters can sign up to receive alerts by email, text or recorded telephone messages when a new scam is making the rounds. Each alert describes a scam and explains what to do if you have been contacted or lost money. The Federal Trade Commission received more …

— Every day hundreds of local residents lose hard-earned money to a variety of fraud schemes. In fact, every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen in this country! To strike back against scammers, AARP Vermont and AARP New Hampshire are bringing together top experts and law enforcement officials from both states to present at an informational Scam Jam event in Fairlee, VT at the Lake Morey Resort. Slated for September 19, the program features the VT and NH Attorneys General to …

— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— Protect Yourself Against Fraud Open House at People’s United Bank, Burlington, VT Two Burlington Square (Pine St) Burlington, VT 05401 March 10,  11-1 pm.   Join us at an Open House at People’s United Bank in Burlington, VT to learn more about protecting yourself from fraud and scams.  AARP is partnering with People’s United Bank across New England to educate members, customers and the public on various ID theft scams and cybercrimes.  Try out an interactive exhibit and get tips …

— If you’re trying to sell your timeshare, be forewarned about a timeshare resale scam. You may get a call from a company that claims to have a buyer. The caller will even give you the name and phone number of the prospective buyer, who will confirm interest. The caller faxes you legitimate-looking paperwork, along with a request for a credit card number for escrow and title services – with a promise you’ll get that money back once the deal closes. …

— As we head into the busy holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  But, fraudsters see the season of giving as a season for scams. On the next AARP Live, learn how to identify a real charity from a fake one, and how to safeguard your finances from scammers trying to prey on your giving spirit. Join AARP Oklahoma state director, Sean Voskuhl, AARP Vermont state director, Greg Marchildon and AARP regional vice president, Sarah …

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— Every day hundreds of Vermonters lose some of their hard-earned money to fraud. To strike back against scammers, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) is joining forces with AARP Vermont and the state Office of the Attorney General for a Scam Jam in Rutland on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Presenters will describe the latest scams and offer tips that consumers can use to protect themselves and their families. “The best defense against scammers is to be informed,” said Dave Reville, a spokesman …

— AARP Launches “Watch Your Wi-Fi” Campaign to Increase Consumer Awareness and Engage Businesses A new survey from AARP says busy consumers relying on the convenience of public wireless networks to keep up-to-date on email, social networks, shopping and even their finances often put their sensitive personal information at risk. The AARP Fraud Watch Network today launches a “Watch Your Wi-Fi” campaign to educate Americans about Wi-Fi hazards and how they can protect themselves.  As part of the campaign, AARP has …