— You know what they say: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Whether the scam involves phony winnings from a fake sweepstakes or a threat to have you arrested for supposed non-payment of taxes, information is the key to foiling scam artists. Attend this Fraud Watch lunch and learn to hear from the attorney general’s office and local law enforcement about the most prevalent scams locally, what to watch out for, and proactive steps you can …

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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’s 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 …

— 2/14 SCAM ALERT It’s Valentine’s Day, and time to watch out for the “Sweetheart Scam” targeting people on dating websites.  Be careful about what information you reveal on social networks. On dating sites, take extra care.  If someone asks for money – particularly money that must be wired or provided by a credit card – it is probably a scam.  Beware what you share.  This Valentine’s Day, we want Cupid’s arrow to strike your heart, not your wallet. Be a …

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, April 21, in Fargo and Bismarck. A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Fargo event will be held in the west parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S. …

— March 6, 2018 – Schewel Hall, Lynchburg College – 8AM to 3PM Plan to join us for a conference on SCAMS and Financial Exploitation. This event is being offered in an effort to reduce victimization of older adults and provide tips for professionals who work with them.The event is a direct response to an increase in financial exploitation of older adults in southwestern Virginia. Brought to you by the Beard Center on Aging, AARP Virginia  and the Senior News Magazine …

— 1/31 SCAM ALERT As tax filing season gears up, be on the lookout for the IRS imposter scam. You get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, saying you owe a specific amount in taxes, and may threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay immediately. Know the IRS will never call and demand immediate payment without first sending a notice through the mail. Nor will the IRS ever ask for credit or debit cards over the …

— 1/10 SCAM ALERT Phishing is when scammers try to trick you into sharing sensitive information. They typically send legitimate-looking e-mail messages from what appears to be a bank, federal agency or service provider requesting that you “verify” personal information. Now that people are catching onto email phishing, scammers have branched out to texting – banking on our tendency to respond immediately to a text message. Whether it’s through your smartphone or instant messaging on a social media site, be wary …

— Are you looking to escape the cold and hit the beach this winter? On a snowy day, soaking up some sun in a tropical location sounds pretty nice!   When planning a winter getaway, it is important to remember that scam artists are out there looking to take advantage of deal-seeking travelers. Watch out for these red flags that may indicate a travel scam: Be leery of “free vacation” offers, there is often a catch, such as taxes and fees, mandatory …

— 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.

— In the wake of the Equifax data breach, volunteers trained to help consumers avoid scams are prepared to speak to community groups in North Dakota. 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 aarpnd@aarp.org or call 866-554-5383 toll-free.