— What’s the best way to learn how a scam works and how you can protect yourself? Go to the source. AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, known for his bestselling book-turned-blockbuster movie, Catch Me If You Can, has worked on fraud prevention for more than four decades with law enforcement, financial institutions and corporations. Now he is co-hosting AARP’s new podcast series, “The Perfect ScamSM.” Will Johnson, former Discovery Channel podcast host and producer, joins Frank, a former confidence …

— AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its 10th annual Indian Elder Honors, celebrating 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their communities, families, and tribal nations. Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 450 elders from all 39 tribal nations in Oklahoma. “The AARP Indian Elder Honors recognizes the extraordinary contribution of Indian elders – many of whom have never been recognized before,” AARP Oklahoma Volunteer State President Joe Ann Vermillion said. Last year’s honorees from 33 …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to Oklahomans across the state with five, free Operation: Stop Scams shredding events in Clinton, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa beginning April 17, 2018. “At the end of tax-filing season many Oklahomans clean out old financial documents which often contain personal information. AARP Oklahoma’s Operation Stop Scams shredding events will provide a safe, convenient way for people to destroy this sensitive paperwork,” said JoeAnn Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma State President. Identity thieves routinely search …

— It’s time to help solve Oklahoma’s health crisis and allow nurse practitioners to have full practice authority. 22 states and DC are addressing health care shortages by allowing full practice authority for nurse practitioners. It’s time for Oklahoma to join those ranks. HB 1013 allows nurse practitioners to practice to their full training and education. It expands access to healthcare, especially in our underserved rural areas, and enables older Oklahomans to live independently at home. HB 1013 was introduced in the House of Representatives where it …

— AARP Oklahoma is working hard for its members with an aggressive legislative agenda, but we need your help to be successful.  Our legislative priorities are listed below. Get involved today and let your voice be heard! To get involved, call or email Chad Mullen at chmullen@aarp.org or 405-715-4470. CLICK HERE FOR 2018 Legislative Priorities  

— Sean Voskuhl, AARP OK State Director 405-715-4475 swvokuhl@aarp.org   Melba Knight, Senior Operations Specialist 405-715-4472 mknight@aarp.org   Mashell Sourjohn, Associate State Director- Community Outreach 405-715-4474 msourjohn@aarp.org   Chad Mullen, Associate State Director- Advocacy 405-715-4470 chmullen@aarp.org   Joy McGill, Associate State Director- Community Outreach 918-352-5641 jmcgill@aarp.org   Melanie Henry, Associate State Director- Communications and Community Outreach 918-402-6666 mhenry@aarp.org

— AARP Oklahoma has partnered with the IRS to share important tax information beginning in tax season and continuing throughout the year. Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a …

— By: Bill Shapard, SoonerPoll.com The rising cost of prescription drugs is not a new story. But as continuing efforts to lower prices have had little effect, states including Oklahoma are starting to take matters into their own hands.  And, according to the most recent SoonerPoll, Oklahoma likely voters overwhelmingly want their state legislature to take action. Currently, U.S. law bans people from buying most prescription drugs from Canada, even if they are just as safe and effective as those bought …

— 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. Here’s information straight from the CFTC: What You Should Know: Virtual currency is a type of unregulated digital money that is used and …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network invites you to FREE Senior Fraud Conferences hosted by the Oklahoma Insurance Department across the state. The conferences are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. A complimentary breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Sign up today to learn how to protect yourself, friends and families from frauds and scams. REGISTER ONLINE at  MAP.OID.OK.GOV or CALL  1-800-763-2828 ARDMORE – MARCH 13 Ardmore Convention Center 2401 N. Rockford Rd. Salons D & E Ardmore, OK 73401   OKLAHOMA CITY – …