AARP Fraud Watch Network

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AARP in Sioux Falls is helping South Dakota veterans protect themselves from identity theft and other fraud.
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All charity scams are deplorable, but those pretending to raise funds to support our nation’s veterans are particularly shameful. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission, along with state charities regulators, announced a major takedown of fake veteran charities.
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With the tech support scam, you get an online popup or a call from a well-known tech company (like Microsoft or Apple) saying that a virus has been identified on your computer. The scammer convinces you that he can fix the problem for a fee. Victims who catch on and stop payment are now getting hit with an associated scam.
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What’s the best way to protect yourself from con artists' latest tricks? Learn how a scam works. What's the best way to do that? Go to the source.
Scammers are now going to the Social Security Administration website and setting up “my Social Security” accounts for workers that are of retirement age in an attempt to steal their retirement benefits. People age 62 and older face the highest risk from this scam!
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Lately, it seems that you can’t go one day without hearing about the tremendous gains (and losses) of Bitcoin and other popular “virtual currencies.” While high returns make them intriguing as an investment, the  U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) wants you to be aware of the possible risks associated with investing or speculating in virtual currencies.
As we enter tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the signs that point to possible tax identity theft.
An 84-year-old widow called the AARP Fraud Watch Network after accepting a free trial offer for a skin cream she had seen a famous personality touting on television. She had no idea she needed to cancel after receiving the free trial. She was sent more product at a cost of $200 and is now fighting to return the product and get her money back.
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Social media scams come in many shapes and sizes. Two fast-moving scams we've seen lately are fake ads on social media sites and promotions for phony genealogy sites. The goal with both is to steal from you, whether it's your hard earned money or your identity.
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Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit bureaus, recently announced that a data breach likely compromised the information of approximately 143 million Americans.  The media swirl that ensured has left many people confused and alarmed.
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