— Do you want to make a difference for others right where you live? AARP North Dakota is looking for people who are willing to present fraud and scam information to small groups and clubs in communities in your area. We’ll be conducting a training session on the AARP Fraud Watch Network on August 16 in Fargo. You’ll be provided with valuable, up-to-date resources and information to share with folks, helping to keep them from being scammed. Those attending the training …

—     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 …

— 6/20 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Summer isn’t all about spending days at the beach or traveling.  Finding employment has become a top priority for younger adults and temporary job seekers. However, discerning whether or not the job is legitimate has become a huge problem. Watch out for employers who require fees for training and for ordering a background check. A genuine employer would NEVER ask for someone to pay for this. Do your research!  Make sure the company is legitimate …

— The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation is warning New Hampshire residents of romance scammers, con artists who create believable profiles, entice people into online relationships, establish a level of trust, and scam their victims by exploiting the relationship for money. Online romance scams have become increasingly pervasive because the scammers can easily use the anonymity of the internet to mask their deceptive personas. Most often, these scams begin with some kind of invitation to chat using a social media …

— Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen, but you can help protect yourself against fraud by shredding sensitive documents you no longer need, such as old tax returns, bank statements, credit card information or offers, health records, and employment forms–anything that contains your personal identifying information that thieves can use to steal your identity. If you don’t need it anymore, shred it!  Identity thieves and con artists search through trash cans for discarded documents that can contain a treasure trove …

— 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, …

— 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 personal information …

— 6/13 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Concerts are especially popular during summer months. As a result, 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, can only accept cash, want you to wire the money or transfer through a prepaid account, or who pressure you to act quickly. …

— Over 150,000 New York homeowners face potential foreclosure every year. Many of them fall prey to scam artists who promise to help them restructure their mortgage loans but never do – or trick them into signing over the deed to their home. This problem is particularly acute in New York’s communities of color and among older homeowners who have built up equity in their homes. And new varieties of deed theft scams continue to evolve, as loan modification scammers become …

— 6/6 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Seniors, family members and …