— 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. …

— Do you belong to a group that would like to learn more about fraud prevention? AARP Idaho has a group of passionate volunteers who speak to community groups to increase awareness about identity theft, Medicare fraud and other scams affecting older adults and their families. Community groups can request speakers this month and forums on consumer issues early next year. In addition, AARP Idaho is seeking more volunteers to spread the word across the state, particularly in rural communities. If …

—   CONTACT: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   Maine Consumers Unknowingly Putting Their Digital Identities at Risk, Says New Survey In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP Maine Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information   PORTLAND – As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Maine residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Maine …

— For the price of a cup of coffee, a criminal can buy your personal information on the Dark Web and begin stealing your identity. Despite that alarming thought, a recent AARP survey found that most people do not take basic precautions against identity fraud. So much personal information has been exposed over the years — from the Zippy’s credit card data breach here in Hawai‘i, to the recent Equifax hack, to Yahoo’s record data breach of about 3 billion users …

— Last year, 27,266 Louisianans were victims of fraud, with a median loss of $411. Don’t become a target of con artists. Learn how to spot scams and prevent identity theft by joining the AARP Fraud Watch Network (aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork). AARP Louisiana is hosting a fraud prevention session on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., at the East Baton Rouge Parish Goodwood Library (7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge), in Room 102. All are welcome at this free event. Debt-collection fraud accounted for …

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— As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that an alarming number of people have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has 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. According to the …

— In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP Virginia Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that an alarming number of Virginia residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Virginia 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 their …

— Frank Abagnale, whose experience was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Catch Me If You Can, will discuss ways consumers can protect themselves from identity theft and scams on Oct. 2, at Wichita State University. As a young man, Abagnale impersonated an airline pilot, attorney and doctor while cashing millions in fraudulent checks. After he was caught, he spent 40 years helping the FBI. Now, in cooperation with AARP Fraud Watch Network, Abagnale will speak from 6:30 to 8 …

— by Kathy Stokes The battle to protect your identity is getting a little easier – or at least cheaper. A new law goes into effect September 21 that will make it free to lock your credit file by freezing it with the three major credit rating companies. In the past, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion have charged fees to freeze your credit reports to help protect against fraud. In states that have not already outlawed the fees, the freezes had cost …

— Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank Abagnale 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. Abagnale was in Denver recently to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from con artists. Missed it? No problem; see the full video here. For …