— Did you know that someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds?  AARP Massachusetts is doing our part to help you avoid identity theft and fraud by offering free Fraud Watch Network shredding events. Shredding confidential documents is a good way to protect yourself from scammers. Shredding events are free and open to the public. Bring any confidential documents to our shredding events, and we’ll shred them for free in the on-site shredding truck. It only takes a few minutes. Limit …

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— Why did you decide to volunteer for the Fraud Watch Network? I feel very strongly about the issue. These types of crimes are relatively easy to commit. It’s not right that people get money for nothing; even worse when they take advantage of honest hard-working folks. I want to help keep people from being victimized. Everybody should have to work for what they earn. How can you take pride in earning if you’re cheating? What have your best and worst …

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— New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly.  Identity theft and other scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  Last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion dollars to fraud and scams.  In fact, every two seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. What tricks do con artists use to steal your money?  How can you outsmart scammers before they strike?  Beat the con artists at their game.  Check out this month’s scam alerts and don’t get taken …

— Tech Support Calling You Out of the Blue?  It’s Likely a Scam. A fraud alert from Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network | View email online Computer viruses are scary, and for years scammers have sought to exploit this fear by convincing people that their computers were infected. Now that scammers have adopted robocall technology to support their schemes, victimization by phone is on the rise. A favorite tactic of scammers is the “tech support” scam.     How It Works You get …

— Where could you learn how to avoid scams and frauds, have your personal documents shredded, dispose of unwanted prescription medicines, search for unclaimed money – and get free snacks and lunch? The answer: at the AARP-Fairfax County Scam Jam held on April 27, 2019, at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Nearly 400 people registered to attend the second annual Scam Jam, which was jointly sponsored by AARP and Fairfax County and staffed by about 40 AARP and …

— Welcome to the homepage for the AARP Washington State Podcast. Our podcast focuses on Health, Wealth & Self, and how we can make life after age 50 the best years of our lives. You can find us on iTunes and subscribe here. Or you can listen through any podcast app. Just search for “AARP Washington State Podcast”. And don’t forget to check out AARP’s national podcasts, such as The Perfect Scam, a weekly podcast from our Fraud Watch Network featuring …

— Identity thieves cost U.S. consumers nearly $17 billion in 2017. AARP Arkansas wants to make sure residents don’t become victims. To that end, the state office is sponsoring two free document-shredding events: on Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Arvest Ballpark, 3000 Gene George Blvd., in Springdale; and on Saturday, June 8, also from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the War Memorial Stadium, in parking lot No. 1, Stadium Drive, in Little Rock. Residents are limited to …

— Montanans across Big Sky Country will have the opportunity to hear directly from the swindler-turned-security expert and get their questions answered during live Tele-Town Hall event on May 30 at 6:30 pm     Thousands of AARP members as well as other Montanans across the state will have the opportunity to participate in a live telephone town hall event with with renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert Frank Abagnale of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Fame about fraud prevention and …

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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 …

— If you’re looking for a loan or credit card but don’t think you’ll qualify, or have been turned down by a bank because of poor credit history, you may be tempted by ads and websites that guarantee loans or credit cards, regardless of your credit history. Know the offer is a scam when you apply for the loan or credit card and find out you have to pay a fee in advance. That fee is a tip off to a …