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 sales, and ensure the bargains you find are the real deal.
While holiday shoppers open their wallets to spend more money, con artists are hard at work trying to find new ways to take it. To help families protect themselves, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is highlighting three seasonal scams.
Last year, 12.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft – that is one person victimized every 3 seconds. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding truck for free disposal on October 18.
Medicare Open Enrollment is just around the corner. Beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) and Medicare Advantage plans from October 15 – December 7. But while it’s open enrollment for beneficiaries, it’s also unfortunately open season for con-artists hoping to steal your personal and financial information. In fact, American’s lose more than 60 billion dollars each year to Medicare fraud.
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