Veterans defended our country, but now they must protect themselves from scammers. In fact, more veterans lose money to scams than nonveterans, a 2017 AARP Research study found.

To combat con artists and in time for Veterans Day, AARP in Cincinnati is hosting a Scam Jam on Thursday, Nov. 8. It will focus on fraud that targets veterans, such as swindlers who go after veterans’ benefits or try to steal identities, those who offer discounts that aren’t really cheaper or are for nonexistent products, and tricksters who claim to be from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to glean personal data.

The Scam Jam will offer tips on recognizing and fighting back against fraud. Registration for the event (at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road) begins at 9:30 a.m., starting with a continental breakfast.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rob Warfel, FBI Cincinnati supervisory special agent, and Detective Mark Peters, of the Cincinnati Police Department, will give presentations on cybersecurity and charity scams. Attendees will also learn about the AARP campaign Operation Protect Veterans.

The event is free and open to the public. AARP members and guests can register online or by calling 877-926-8300, toll-free.

—Janice Brewster Weiser