AARP Fraud Watch Network

by Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network
Credit card with icicles illustrates a credit freeze
by Kathy Stokes
By Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network
File Grab
Scammers are now going to the Social Security Administration website and setting up “my Social Security” accounts of workers that are of retirement age in an attempt to steal their retirement benefits. People age 62 and older face the highest risk of this scam.
Shredded paper
At AARP, we’re serious about wanting to help consumers fight identity theft!  That’s why we’re teaming up once again with Fox 13 News and Shred-It to offer free shredding events, this time in both Midvale and Ogden on Saturday, July 15 from 8:00am–11:00am. This event is open to the public, regardless of age or AARP membership.  Shredding sensitive financial documents and other materials that contain personal information will prevent thieves from using these data to open false accounts or lines of credit.
OSS email
The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “ Operation: Stop Scams” -- a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Friday, April 14, through Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor, and cashed millions of dollars in fraudulent checks.  In case you didn't read the bestselling book-- spoiler alert--he got caught, and his exploits were depicted in the blockbuster movie  Catch Me if You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
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