— By Vanessa Ho The 88-year-old man, an Italian immigrant, got an urgent call from his grandson saying he was in jail and needed bail right away. The man quickly wired $2,000. Then he learned the caller wasn’t his grandson but a scammer who preyed on his emotions and even called him Nonno, Italian for grandfather. “It was cruel,” said Valerie Laidlaw, 63, of Mercer Island, a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center who counseled the victim. The …

—           AARP NEWS AARP Washington, 9750 3rd Ave. NE, Suite 450, Seattle, WA 98115 206-517-9345, 206-517-9350 Fax, www.aarp.org/wa For Immediate Release October 23, 2013 Contact: Jason Erskine 206-517-9345 (office) / 206-604-7085 (cell) Attorney General, King County Sheriff and AARP Join Hundreds of Local Seniors to Launch Statewide Fight Against Fraud New “Fraud Watch Network” to provide on-the-ground‘eyes and ears’ in battle to protect consumers Seattle –Faye Schwartz is fed up with the havoc identity thieves are …

— Even though the thermometer in Seattle pushed 90-degrees, that didn’t stop people from lining up for one of the day’s hottest deals in consumer protection. As part of AARP’s “Day of Service,” the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center offered free document shredding in Seattle on September 11.  More than 325 cars swung by to to drop off their boxes of outdated personal documents. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing white-collar crimes in the United States.  That’s why …

— For Immediate Release: February 27, 2103 Contact:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345      The Check IS NOT in the Mail! AARP Foundation and the the Postal Service Team Up to Combat Foreign Lottery Scams   Washington State – The AARP Foundation, U.S. Postal Service, and the Postal Inspection Service are teaming up to combat foreign lottery fraud, one of the most pernicious scams targeting older Washingtonians today. You might even recognize the hallmarks of the trickery: stacks of advertisements and countless …

— AARP is more active than ever throughout Washington State. Every day, we provide new opportunities for our members to speak on issues that concern them, to make their own life choices, to reach their goals and dreams, and to make the most of life after 50. That’s where you come in. People like you have always been AARP’s greatest resource. Today, we need your know-how and enthusiasm more than ever to help us achieve the goals AARP members care about …