identity theft

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by Kathy Stokes
shredding event
Every two seconds, someone's identity is stolen, but you can help protect yourself against fraud by shredding sensitive documents you no longer need, such as old tax returns, bank statements, credit card information or offers, health records, and employment forms--anything that contains your personal identifying information that thieves can use to steal your identity.
Would you believe that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP Utah and that is why we are participating in AARP's nationwide  Operation :  Stop Scams on May 5 at Mountain View High School in Orem, where we will be holding a free shredding event open to the public of all ages, regardless of AARP membership.
Medicare card
There is good news for those of you on Medicare--new cards will be issued on April 1 that don't have your Social Security number on them, which in the past has exposed beneficiaries to possible identity theft.  The bad news?  Scammers will take advantage of this fact to pose as Medicare employees, calling you and claiming that you need to pay for a new temporary card--sometimes stating that this new card will cost $50.  To "process" it, they'll ask for your personal financial information, such as your bank account or credit card information and use this precious data to steal your identity.
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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.
AARP Utah is co-hosting a free Scam Jam with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, the Utah Division of Securities, and the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to help protect you and the people you care about from becoming a target for a con artist.  Speakers from these state and federal agencies will discuss how to fight back and spot crooks before they spot you!
On the heels of a new report showing the top scam in Utah is imposter scams, the AARP Fraud Watch Network offers tips so people can learn how to protect themselves from all ten of the top scams reported by Utahns in 2014.
Shred Documents
To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services.
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