— 12/5 Scam Alert: As we near the holiday season, online shopping increases and so do online scams. Only use trusted sites to make online transactions and be wary of steeply discounted items. Sometimes scammers will attempt to lure you into making a purchase with phony online sales.  In addition, if you plan to buy or sell your own goods online, use a website or app that uses proper safety measures to ensure that you don’t lose your money in the …

— by Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network Veterans Day has come and gone for this year, but we want veterans to know that scammers go to great lengths to target their money, their benefits, and their commitment to current and former soldiers. How It Works: Targeting veterans can take many forms: The Update Your Military File Scam: A caller claims to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs and asks to “update” your information, but really is hoping to get …

— 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. …

— The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, including scammers! That is why it is critical we stay ahead of them to make sure consumers of all ages are aware of which scams are being perpetrated and how to avoid them. Please read and share the attached AARP Foundation ElderWatch Smart Tips on avoiding holiday scams. The Colorado Attorney General’s office also offers an excellent booklet on holiday scams. Speaking of busy… as the holidays roll around, here are …

— Consumers, take note!  Next Thursday, November 15 the Financial Fraud Institute will be holding a free fraud presentation with experts from federal and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  They will outline steps to spot and avoid fraud, as well as provide information about what to do  if you believe you have been the target of a scam.  Register here or call 801-579-6191 to reserve your seat, as space in limited. The Keynote Speaker will be Chief Magistrate Judge Paul M. …

— Every day, Idahoans lose their hard-earned money to a variety of frauds and schemes. In fact, every 2 seconds, a con-artist steals someone’s identity! To strike back against scammers, AARP Idaho is hosting a free fraud prevention luncheon at the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho in Nampa. Local fraud expert David McCallister will discuss scams targeting Idahoans, such as fake solicitor schemes, bogus investment deals, lottery scams, email fraud, grandparent scams, and the latest identity theft tactics. What: Free Fraud …

— Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone while you’re in the middle of something. Unfortunately, illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever, costing victims of scammers millions each year. How It Works: Scammers often leverage legal “robocall” technology unlawfully as a way to dial thousands of numbers at a time, looking for someone to pick up the phone so they can scam them out of their money or identity.  A common tactic is “caller …

— 10/24 SCAM ALERT Smartphones are powerful tools that connect our lives in unbelievable ways. But having so much information saved in the palm of your hand can be dangerous if it is not guarded carefully. Be cognizant of what apps you download onto your phone, and which sites you visit on the internet. In the same way that scammers can download malicious software to your computer, they can also download it to your phone and you may inadvertently grant them …

— 10/17 SCAM ALERT It seems that everyone overshares on social media sites these days. But Sharers beware! Scammers have become increasingly smart and sneaky, using information people share online to find targets for their next scams. For example, if you share photos and status updates about your vacation out of the country, scammers may use this opportunity to contact your listed relatives pretending to be you, say you’re in trouble and ask for money, like in the classic grandparent scam. …