—     Is Your Identity up for Grabs? Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and selling your …

— 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, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 4– 4:30 p.m. PT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— We’re all too familiar with how pervasive scams are in today’s marketplace.  Whether it’s the IRS Imposter Scam, the Tech Support Scam, or that winning lottery check waiting for you – just pay shipping and handling… But according to a new survey, con artists may be saving the worst of their pitches for a special group of Americans – those who have served our country. The new nationwide survey by AARP shows that military veterans are falling prey to scams …

— Shredding is a key weapon in the battle to keep sensitive, personal information out of the hands of identity thieves. AARP Washington and Boeing Employees’ Credit Union (BECU) are sponsoring free shredding events on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate, and each person may bring up to three grocery bags full of documents to shred. Mobile shredding trucks will be stationed at five BECU locations, one each in Tukwila, Everett and Federal …

— By Vanessa Ho The 88-year-old man, an Italian immigrant, got an urgent call from his grandson saying he was in jail and needed bail right away. The man quickly wired $2,000. Then he learned the caller wasn’t his grandson but a scammer who preyed on his emotions and even called him Nonno, Italian for grandfather. “It was cruel,” said Valerie Laidlaw, 63, of Mercer Island, a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center who counseled the victim. The …

— You get a call from someone who says they’re from the IRS, and you owe back taxes. But do you?  A pop-up on your computer warns your machine is infected and you need immediate technical support.  Should you be worried?  You get a call: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” But is it really your grandchild?  “Imposter fraud” occurs when a scammer poses as someone they’re not in order to steal your money. These types of scams have reached epidemic …

— America’s Vets Have a New Enemy: Scammers! The bad guys deliberately call retired soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, pretending to be old friends, offering “sure thing” investments, finding ways to steal their money. The data says it all: One in three victims of investment fraud in America are military veterans, a recent AARP study found. And the situation is only getting worse: There’s been a 65% increase in fraud complaints from vets over the past five years, notes the Federal …

— By Dana E. Neuts Barbara Torrison got the shocking call last November. It was her granddaughter, the caller said, and she was in jail in the Dominican Republic after a car accident. Torrison quickly wired $3,700, then eagerly awaited a call that her granddaughter was all right. Two days later, she called her granddaughter—who hadn’t left the country. Torrison, 71, realized she had been scammed and filed a police report. “The story was plausible, and I believed what the caller …

— You get a call from someone who says they’re from the IRS, and you owe back taxes. But do you?  A pop-up on your computer warns your machine is infected and you need immediate technical support.  Should you be worried?  You get a call: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” But is it really your grandchild? “Impostor fraud” occurs when a scammer poses as someone they’re not – like the IRS, a computer support technician, or a family member – in order to steal …

— The economy may be rebounding, but try telling that to the scores of Washingtonians who are still struggling to make ends meet. Whether it’s stagnant wages, increasing debt, or high consumer and housing costs, many people are finding it hard to get by day-to-day, much less think about their financial futures. When you add the growing rate of financial scams and fraud, plus an aggressive marketplace designed to get you to buy not save, it’s no wonder many consumers feel …