AARP released a new report today (October 28, 2020) exploring the impact of identity fraud on U.S. adults aged 55+ and how technology may play a role in consumers’ ability to protect themselves from financial harm. The report, “Identity Fraud in Three Acts,” developed by Javelin Strategy & Research and sponsored by AARP, shows that 26% of Americans aged 55+ have been victims of identity fraud. However, more are taking additional precautions to prevent losses of personal information: 29% have placed credit freezes on their credit bureau information following an identity theft incident, and more than half have enrolled in identity protection or credit monitoring services.
Scammers follow headlines and trends. That is why it is no surprise that they are now posing as representatives from Amazon. With more people staying home and shopping from home than ever before, many consumers rely on delivery services like Amazon for some of the products they used to buy at a store. Reports of scams invoking the Amazon name have skyrocketed in recent months. Here are some tips for avoiding Amazon imposter scams:
It’s back to school season in the time of coronavirus, and for many families it means more working from home and attending school from home. Scammers will take advantage of this to scare people into thinking their device has been attacked by malicious software – a nightmare for workers and students alike.
On Wednesday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. join AARP Kansas and the Better Business Bureau for a free webinar and learn how to protect yourself and your family online. Small steps make a difference in using the internet safely and securely and this is your opportunity to hear from an expert.
Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud. The Identity Theft and Fraud: How to Protect Yourself webinar is offered at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. To register, click here.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) payment platforms like Venmo, PayPal, Cash App, Apple Pay and Zelle allow consumers to transfer funds online or through an app quickly from their bank account to other people or businesses. In a recent ElderWatch survey 43 percent of Coloradans 50+ indicated that they use these apps for the recommended purpose, transferring funds to friends and family. But beware, scammers are requesting payment via P2P apps more and more. Here are some tips to help stay safe:
Scammers look to capitalize on the news of the moment, especially if the headlines can instill fear and motivate people to act. The ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus is no exception. While scientists and medical professionals are working overtime to find ways to test for and stem the spread of the virus, the Federal Trade Commission warns that bad actors are working hard to use this as an opportunity to deceive consumers and steal their money or sensitive information.
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