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We welcome a special guest contributor with a message for Kentucky on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021. LaDonna Koebel is the Executive Director for the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection.
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When we think about scammers, we often think of “stranger danger” stemming from overseas criminal enterprises bombarding our phones and emails with fraudulent offers. The sad reality for older adults is that the majority of financial abuse they suffer is perpetrated by someone they know.
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AARP is fighting fraudsters by educating consumers with its Scam Jams, which feature officials such as the state attorney general and FBI experts.
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The rollout of eagerly awaited COVID-19 vaccines is an opportunity for fraudsters, and AARP is urging older Wisconsinites to be vigilant. 
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On the third Friday of each month, AARP Kansas will offer virtual Fraud Watch Network presentations about how to identify and avoid frequent scams targeting Kansans. 
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“At the end of the day, it’s all about you taking a moment to say ‘Hold on, this is not legitimate,’ and just hang up,” said Susan Hogan, Consumer Investigative Reporter for NBC4 in her keynote address.
Scam Jam
In April, AARP Kansas held a Tele-Townhall to create awareness about popular scams that are circulating this time of year and to offer information and resources on how to avoid them. Participants on the call from Kansas and Missouri also asked questions about frauds and scams they have encountered.
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AARP Ohio is sponsoring  two free virtual events focused on veterans. One will feature a tour of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, followed by a veteran-focused Fraud Watch discussion. The other will spotlight an art exhibit of veteran portraits.
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