— Taxpayers Should Protect Data All Year Round Guest Blog by¬†Christine Footit,¬†Senior Stakeholder Liaison,¬†Internal Revenue Service Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a trusted source. Keep a secure …

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— Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams.¬† Last year alone, 13.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft.¬† That‚Äôs one person victimized every two seconds! Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft.¬† One way to do this is to dispose of your personal information securely.¬† That is why AARP New Hampshire and Bank of New Hampshire¬† have teamed up to offer five shred-a-thons at these …

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— As we enter tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the signs that point to possible tax identity theft. HOW IT WORKS Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW¬† If the IRS receives a duplicate tax return filing using your Social Security number, you will receive a written notice through the mail. Likewise, the IRS will send a notice if …

— AARP North Carolina joined Attorney General Josh Stein and State Representative Jason Saine (R) Lincolnton, when they introduced a proposal to strengthen North Carolina‚Äôs laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims. The Attorney General and other state law enforcement officials have been part of AARP’s efforts to protect North Carolinians from fraud and scams that target older adults. ‚ÄúLast year, more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,‚ÄĚ said …

— In the wake of the Equifax data breach, volunteers trained to help consumers avoid scams are prepared to speak to community groups in Nebraska. Thousands of residents reported fraud and identity theft complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. These presentations offer a way to fight back. The volunteer Fraud Fighters describe recent scams and explain the techniques that con artists use. To schedule a presentation, email¬†neaarp@aarp.org¬†or call¬†866-389-5651 toll-free.

— Wisdom may come with age, but that doesn‚Äôt mean older people don‚Äôt fall victim to scams. AARP Arkansas offers Fraud Watch Network presentations to help people learn how to spot and avoid the latest schemes. Topics include identity theft, cybersecurity, medical scams and investment fraud. Arkansans reported 17,818 complaints of fraud and identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016, with debt collection ruses leading the list. Scammers often target older people because they are likely to have a …

— Frank W. Abagnale, the world’s leading expert on outsmarting con artists, in a Nov. 14¬†AARP Arkansas Fraud Watch Network event¬†¬†in Little Rock shared expertise and a variety of tips on how to spot and avoid scams. Get Frank’s¬†Top 10 Tips to help prevent identity theft¬†(scroll down to page 2 of the attachment). Speaking to nearly 300 Little Rock-area residents at the Embassy Suites,¬†Abagnale, an AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador,¬†also shared his life story. Between the ages of 16 and 21, …

— 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 …

— For over four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. On October 3, Abagnale joined forces with AARP Iowa and the AARP Fraud Watch Network for a telephone town hall in Des Moines to help Iowans learn how to spot and avoid scams in order to protect themselves and their family members. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions …

— October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Here are six tips to help you stay cyber secure: Create strong passwords. In fact, instead of a password, create a passphrase. Make it something unique to you and easy to remember. For example, if you‚Äôre a pie lover, your passphrase could be Ilovechocolatepie. Like to golf? How about Golfismyfavoriteactivity. Think of something that would be easy for you to remember, but hard for a thief to crack. Enable stronger authentication. Stronger authentication (also …