— AARP Iowa is encouraging local groups to schedule Fraud Watch Network presentations in 2019. Trained volunteers are eager to help protect older Iowans by sharing the latest information about, and tips to avoid, financial scams. Church groups, book clubs and many other community organizations have benefited from such presentations over the past two years. To schedule a talk for your group or to learn more about volunteering, call the AARP Iowa office toll-free at 866-554-5378 or email iaaarp@aarp.org.

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— Get information to fight back against fraudsters at a free AARP Fraud Watch Network “Protect Yourself from Cyber Scams” seminar in May on Oahu, Maui, Hawai‘i island and Kauai. Will Bales, the supervising special agent for the FBI Honolulu Cyber Division, will give tips on how to avoid cyber scams and the role of the FBI in protecting the Americans. AARP Hawai‘i speakers will profile common online scams such as the romance scam, cyber blackmail, and scams targeting veterans, “Don’t …

— Q. What documents should I shred? A. Start by shredding junk mail and old papers that carry your Social Security number (but don’t destroy your Social Security card), birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PINs. Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts immediately after you get your monthly statements. Shred used airline tickets, unneeded medical bills, preapproved credit card applications and expired IDs such as driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards and passports. Some more shredding advice: • …

—   Saturday April 13 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Continental Paper Grading 3350 Concord Road York, PA  17402     Pre-registration is encouraged at aarp.cvent.com/ShredFestYork or call 1-877-926-8300. This event is open to the public. There is no limit on paper shredding, but we cannot accept electronic recyclable materials. Attendees are also encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to benefit the York County Food Bank. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. And it’s not hard to imagine, given all …

— As tax season wraps up, AARP South Dakota will host a series of free events across the state aimed at preventing identity theft. The AARP Fraud Watch Network sessions will teach residents ways they can protect themselves from the latest scams. The events are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so registration is required. The first session will be in Rapid City, on Tuesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Holiday Inn-Rushmore Plaza. Other …

— With tax-filing season a prime time for identity theft scammers to prey on unsuspecting consumers, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is reminding Delaware taxpayers that submitting their tax returns as soon as is practical can greatly reduce their chances of being victimized by a fraudulent return. The IRS reports that taxpayers lost more than $3 billion to tax-related identity theft during 2014. This scam occurs when a fraudster steals your Social Security number and files a tax return in your …

— Delaware recently ranked #4 among all states for number of identity theft complaints; and ranked #8 for general fraud complaints. The City of Dover ranked #7 nationwide for fraud complaints. You can prevent yourself from becoming part of this growing statistic of consumers who are scammed daily. AARP wants to help, so we decided to be a sponsor of the 55+ Expo and focus on FRAUD PREVENTION.  Join us at the Expo in Dover to gain valuable tools and tips …

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— Does your community group, church or business want to learn more about retirement, fraud prevention and other matters affecting people over 50? AARP Arkansas can help, providing experts on a variety of topics through its volunteer Arkansas Speakers Bureau. The free service is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so the state office urges groups to reach out soon to secure a spot. Topics include retirement planning, caregiving essentials for family members, brain health, basics on finances, Social Security and …

— Tax season is a good time to get rid of unwanted documents to keep scammers from stealing your identity and money. AARP Louisiana offers two free shredding events next month. In New Orleans on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring sensitive documents to the AARP Community Resource Center, at 3502 S. Carrollton Ave. Register at aarp.cvent.com/NOShredding2019 or call 877-926-8300. In Baton Rouge, bring paperwork on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to Whole …

— Interested in serving your neighbors in a meaningful way? AARP Georgia is seeking volunteers who want to advocate for the 50-plus. If you have an interest in advocacy, communications, veterans outreach, or working with our LGBTQ and faith-based partners, the volunteer opportunities are numerous and varied. You will be paired with a staff member who can show you the ropes, and learn about programs such as caregiving and fighting fraud. You will have a chance to meet new people and …