— Millions of Americans rely on Social Security and Medicare, and unfortunately, scammers often try to take advantage of that for their own gain. In our look back at trending scams of 2018, we look at two involving these programs, as well as scams involving gift cards as a form of payment. The Social Security Impostor Scam: This new scam burst onto the scene in the latter half of 2018. A caller claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) …

— As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Wisconsin residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP and the AARP Fraud Watch Network launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information. Reports of data breaches have become commonplace — from Equifax one year ago, to Target, to Uber, to Home Depot. …

— The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, including scammers! That is why it is critical we stay ahead of them to make sure consumers of all ages are aware of which scams are being perpetrated and how to avoid them. Please read and share the attached AARP Foundation ElderWatch Smart Tips on avoiding holiday scams. The Colorado Attorney General’s office also offers an excellent booklet on holiday scams. Speaking of busy… as the holidays roll around, here are …

— As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Kansas residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Kansas and the AARP Fraud Watch Network launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information. Reports of data breaches have become commonplace — from Equifax one year ago, to Target, to Uber, to Home …

— Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone while you’re in the middle of something. Unfortunately, illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever, costing victims of scammers millions each year. How It Works: Scammers often leverage legal “robocall” technology unlawfully as a way to dial thousands of numbers at a time, looking for someone to pick up the phone so they can scam them out of their money or identity.  A common tactic is “caller …

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— As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Kentucky residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Kentucky and the AARP Fraud Watch Network launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information. Reports of data breaches have become commonplace — from Equifax one year ago, to Target, to Uber, to Home …

— In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP Massachusetts Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Massachusetts residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Massachusetts and the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of …

— In 2017, 16.7 million Americans were the victims of identity theft- that is an 8% increase since 2016. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding trucks for free disposal. AARP and BECU members can safely destroy documents containing sensitive and personal information, as well as recycle unwanted TVs, computers, computer monitors, laptops and cell phones on Saturday, October 20. Bring your documents and electronics to locations in Everett, …

— Join us this week for an AARP Fraud Watch Network TeleTown Hall to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from fraud, ID theft, and scams. Our special guest is John Chapman, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Provide your telephone number and you’ll automatically receive a call, which will connect you to the TeleTown Hall. There are two sessions: One on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET, and a …

— Join AARP Arkansas for an evening in Little Rock on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with Frank W. Abagnale, “Catch Me If You Can” author and leading scam prevention expert. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. …