— AARP North Carolina joined Attorney General Josh Stein and State Representative Jason Saine (R) Lincolnton, when they introduced a proposal to strengthen North Carolina’s 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. “Last year, more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,” 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’t mean older people don’t 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’re 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 …

— AARP and Iowa Public Television have teamed up to produce Stealing Your Life, a program on how to guard against fraud. The show features Frank Abagnale, whose exploits decades ago were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can. Today, Abagnale is an authority on forgery, embezzlement and identity theft. For more than 40 years, he has advised the FBI and major corporations on how to outsmart con artists. As an ambassador for AARP Fraud Watch Network, he has …

— Shredding is a key weapon in the battle to keep sensitive, personal information out of the hands of identity thieves. AARP Washington and Boeing Employees’ Credit Union (BECU) are sponsoring free shredding events on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate, and each person may bring up to three grocery bags full of documents to shred. Mobile shredding trucks will be stationed at five BECU locations, one each in Tukwila, Everett and Federal …

— In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Maria, charity scams are coming at us by text, email, phone and social media. Scammers look to take advantage of our desire to help victims. If you plan to donate, make sure your money is going to the right place. Check Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org), Charity Watch (www.charitywatch.org) and Give.org to verify names and organizations before opening your heart – and wallet. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, …