—     Is Your Identity up for Grabs? Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and selling your …

— Now that summer is here, scams across Idaho are starting to heat up. Here are some of the schemes con-artists are using and a few other things to be aware of. Concerts are especially popular during summer months. Scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, …

— AARP Michigan is working to empower you in the fight against fraud. Every 2 seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. In the last year alone, Americans lost $16 billion of their hard-earned dollars to fraud, identity theft and scams. Every year, thousands of Americans are impacted by fraud and scams – it’s time to fight back and beat con artists at their own game. Upcoming Events Fraud Watch Network workshops We’ll explain what identity theft is, help you avoid becoming a …

— Document-Shredding Events Will Help Massachusetts Consumers Avoid Fraud 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 around the state from June through August. 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 …

— By Mary Westbrook  Carl Wilkins Jr. had heard of this scam before: A phone rings early in the morning, and a woman picks up. On the line, a young man sounds panicked. “Grandma, I’m in trouble. I need help.” The woman’s pulse quickens. She has three grandsons. She’d do anything to keep them safe. “Who is this?” she asks. “You don’t recognize my voice?” the man pleads. “I can’t believe this. I’m so scared.” She thinks of her youngest grandson’s …

— When a person is victimized by a scam, the victim is often portrayed as “falling for” something. This misses the part of the story of how skilled these criminals are at moving us to an emotional state, where our logical thinking takes a backseat. It also neglects how sophisticated many of these scams are. A fraud-savvy colleague and friend of mine recently became a victim of a credit card scam. Here’s how it played out. How It Works: A scammer …

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— Elder abuse can happen anywhere, anytime.  It is estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion each year to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook.  It can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence.  But only 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it!  June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Elders, family members, caregivers and providers are encouraged …

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— There are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! But there are questionable characters out there too, who are trying to hook you on winning and reel in the profits for themselves. HOW IT WORKS: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings;You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to wire money to a well-known company to insure delivery of the prize; You have …

—  by Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network There are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! However, there are questionable characters out there who are trying to hook you on winning to reel in the profits for themselves. How It Works: You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings; You have to wire money to a well-known company to …

— AARP Rhode Island warns there are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! However, there are questionable characters out there who are trying to hook you on winning to reel in the profits for themselves. #AARPRI How It Works: You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings; You have to wire money to a well-known company to insure delivery …