Scams & Fraud

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Do you know about the latest ways scammers are targeting people during the holidays? You can keep yourself and loved ones safe with help from our holiday scams webinar.
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U.S. veterans are disproportionately targeted by scam artists, with 35 percent of veterans losing money to fraud compared with 25 percent of civilians, according to a 2021 AARP survey.
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Paper documents are a common source of identity theft. Protect yourself by shredding sensitive documents at our free, contactless shredding events. We'll also accept old TVs, CPUs, monitors, laptops and cellphones for safe disposal. A small recycle fee may apply to some electronic items such as printers and VCRs.
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Think you’re savvy enough to avoid being ripped off? Think again. Last year, Washington consumers lost more than $135 million to fraud,  according to the Federal Trade Commission. That’s nearly double the amount lost in 2020. 
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Would you like to learn more about how to protect yourself from online scammers and criminals? Could you use answers to your questions on personal Internet security? How do I keep my bank account safe? How can I recognize scam email or text? These are the types of questions we answer on AARP Washington’s Fraud Watch Fridays.
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To help those 50-plus stay vigilant in the fight against scammers, AARP Washington is hosting two online events each month.
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AARP Washington State's podcast on health, wealth and self, living your best life after age 50. We focus on life transitions and new ways to be happy & healthy. Hosted by Bruce Carlson.
Fraud
For anybody aggravated by incessant calls from scammers trying to separate them from their money, AARP Washington has a suggestion: Listen in.
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AARP Washington is offering Tip-Offs to Rip-Offs, interactive events that will feature resources from AARP, Nomorobo and local law enforcement agencies on robocall scams in cities across the state, including Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane and Wenatchee.
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AARP is committed to keeping your finances safe from fraud this tax season. Before filing your tax returns, take a look at some tips and tricks to avoid scammers and keep your personal information protected:  
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