— 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 …

— With the holiday season underway, AARP Wisconsin is reminding members to be vigilant about fraud. When shopping, use credit cards instead of debit cards. Credit cards may carry a liability of $50 for fraudulent use, but debit cards typically have no such protection. If you’re buying gift cards this year, be sure they are shrink-wrapped or kept behind a counter. Thieves can secretly scan the numbers off those that are openly displayed and drain the funds once a card is …

— Con artists don’t care how hard you work. They steal billions from Americans like you every year. That’s why we’re arming you with tools and resources to fight back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Stop by The Paisley Mug, located at 300 N Third St., Suite 103 in Wausau, on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. You’ll receive a free sweet treat and some information on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you …

— Con artists don’t care how hard you work. They steal billions from Americans like you every year. That’s why we’re arming you with tools and resources to fight back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Stop by Mad Batter Bakery, located at 903 Boyce Dr. in Rhinelander, on Wednesday, October 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You’ll receive a free sweet treat and some information on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself …

— The Milwaukee Brewers baseball team is offering fans 50 and older a 50 percent discount on tickets for four games at Miller Park this season: May 24, June 8, Aug. 3 and Aug. 30. AARP Wisconsin will have an information booth at the stadium near members’ seating and will offer information on caregiving and fraud prevention, as well as free hand fans and mini backpacks. To purchase discount tickets, go to brewers.com/tickets, select a  game and enter the code “Fun50.” …

— By Joanne Cleaver In 2016, Wayne Wiese submitted his income tax return in March. Imagine his surprise when the Internal Revenue Service told him it already had his return and had sent his refund—to someone else. Wiese’s Social Security number had been hijacked by an identity thief. “I had to prove who the real Wayne Wiese was,” he said. At 63, Wiese, who lives in the village of Oregon, is a newly retired information technology manager who knows a few …

— Did you know that every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? Luckily there are steps you can take to protect yourself from potential fraud. If you live in the greater La Crosse area, we have a great opportunity for you to get rid of any of your old, sensitive documents. The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Coulee Bank are teaming up to offer a free shredding event on Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coulee Bank, …

— Valentine’s Day means a lot to many of us who are busy sending flowers or chocolates to loved ones, or finding creative and romantic ways to tell our loved ones exactly how we feel. But Valentine’s Day means something completely different to those who prey on your deepest feelings and emotions for personal profit. For the sinister scammers of the world, this day is all about separating you from your hard-earned money. Romance scams start with fake profiles on online …

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of fake smartphone shopping apps. Scam artists have found a new way to make you part with your hard earned money. They are creating fake shopping apps for iOS and Android phones that capture your payment information and then leave you holding the bag.  Both Apple …