— 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 …

— There are many amazing charities out there that benefit from donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to capitalize on the generosity and good will of others by setting up fake charities and pocketing the donations. To ensure the organization you decide to donate to be worthy and doing the work they say, visit www.ftc.gov/charity for ways to verify charities. If you have doubts, there’s always the option to give directly to smaller local charities where you can more easily see the …

— Individuals are not the only victims of scams. Scammers also target many small and local businesses, which costs them an estimated $7 billion a year, according to the Better Business Bureau. From receiving bills for supplies that nobody ordered, and being threatened to pay it, to paying for services that the business could otherwise get for free, there are many ways businesses may fall victim to a skilled scammer. The Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau recently partnered …

— Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a convenient way to connect with friends and family. It is important to remember that scammers also use these platforms to find victims. Scammers often create fake profiles and pretend to either be someone you know, someone you want to know or an entity you trust. Because there are fake profiles it is difficult to know who you can trust. The following are some red flags that you might be targeted …

— As we enter the second half of summer, many companies have mid-season sales with amazing deals. But if a sale looks too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of websites that sell high-end name brand products at a fraction of the retail price. Through these fake websites, scammers can sell knock-off products to unknowing consumers, or worse, take your credit card information and never send the items you purchased. Please be vigilant in scoping out only true online …

— As a major federal government initiative is underway to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Kansas and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Kansas is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. The year-long national effort to mail new ID cards to 58 million Medicare …

Veterans Scams AARP Nevada Fraud Watch Network

— All charity scams are deplorable, but those pretending to raise funds to support our nation’s veterans are particularly shameful. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission, along with state charities regulators, announced a major takedown of fake veteran charities. AARP is hosting the FTC for two hour long national Tele-Town Halls on the subject today at 10:10 am and 2:00 pm (both times Eastern). If you’d like to listen in, dial 877-229-8493 and enter 13907 as the PIN. Let’s hope these …

— As a major federal government initiative is underway to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in New Hampshire and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP New Hampshire is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. The year-long national effort to mail new ID cards to 58 …

— AARP Idaho, in conjunction with the Boise Police Department, is hosting a free Consumer Fraud Workshop designed as a fun, educational and interactive event where participants learn to avoid today’s scams while getting the tools and resources they need to protect themselves. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden along with the Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff, United States Postal Inspection Service and AARP Idaho will discuss local, regional and national scams and the tactics con-artists use to trap their victims. …

— ATTENTION: MAINE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES Please remember that Medicare is sending out new cards to beneficiaries now through April 2019. The new cards will no longer list the beneficiary’s Social Security number or gender, and will not include your signature either. This makes your new card much safer! However, the change gives scammers an opportunity. If you get a call purporting to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) saying you either have to confirm your Social Security …