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AARP Fraud Watch Network Fight back against identity theft and fraud. Learn about active scams, and find out how to spot and avoid them. The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with access to information about identity theft, investment fraud and the latest scams.

Operation Protect Veterans Fraud Alert ZoomCastTuesday, Nov. 16, 20217:00pmET/4:00pmPTFraud Prevention Experts from AARP...
11/16/2021

Operation Protect Veterans Fraud Alert ZoomCast
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
7:00pmET/4:00pmPT

Fraud Prevention Experts from AARP, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Federal Trade Commission to discuss new survey findings and ways Veterans and Military Families can protect themselves from scams and fraud in light of new data showing Veterans and Military are 40% more likely than civilians to lose money to con artists.

FREE REGISTRATION HERE: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/48qn8p/

Operation Protect Veterans Fraud Alert ZoomCast
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
7:00pmET/4:00pmPT

Fraud Prevention Experts from AARP, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Federal Trade Commission to discuss new survey findings and ways Veterans and Military Families can protect themselves from scams and fraud in light of new data showing Veterans and Military are 40% more likely than civilians to lose money to con artists.

FREE REGISTRATION HERE: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/48qn8p/

11/10/2021
Top scams affecting veterans, and ways to help avoid them

Join us for our next FWN Facebook Live. We will be joined by Troy Broussard, Associate State Director of AARP Louisiana. We will be discussing common scams affecting veterans and their families, and how to help avoid them.

10/31/2021
Opry Live - Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, John Conlee, The Gatlin Brothers & More!

Join us for a special two-hour Opry Live as we celebrate the 5000th Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry with performances by Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, John Conlee, The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young with host Bobby Bones. The livestream starts at 8/7c pm.

You can also watch the show live on Circle Television, Dish Network, and Sling TV or on connected devices through the Roku Channel, Samsung TVPlus, VIZIO, RedBox, Peacock, Frndly TV, and XUMO! Check your local listings at www.CircleAllAccess.com.

#OpryLive​ #CountryMusic​​ #CircleAllAccess​ Grand Ole Opry Bobby Bones Show Natalie Stovall Bill Anderson Garth Brooks Terri Clark Official: John Conlee Larry, Steve & Rudy - The Gatlin Brothers Vince Gill The Isaacs Chris Janson Dustin Lynch Darius Rucker Jeannie Seely Connie Smith Trisha Yearwood Chris Young

From pigeon poop to spiked drinks, con artists in Europe use creative ploys to fleece travelers.
10/27/2021
10 Travel Scams to Watch Out for in Europe​

From pigeon poop to spiked drinks, con artists in Europe use creative ploys to fleece travelers.

State Department officials warn travelers to remain vigilant while visiting overseas. Beware of these 10 scams targeting tourists in Europe.

10/20/2021
Debt relief scams, and how to help protect yourself from them

Join us for our discussion today with Beverly Yang from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). We will talk about common debt relief scams and how to best help protect yourself from them. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of their own.

Here are 5 frauds to know and tips to stay safe from the scammers.
10/15/2021
Government Impostor Scams are on the Rise​​

Here are 5 frauds to know and tips to stay safe from the scammers.

Crooks are pretending to be IRS agents, Medicare officals or Social Security officers all in an attempt to steal your identity or cash.

Identity fraud is easy money for criminals, but there are some steps you can take to help protect yourself and your mone...
10/13/2021
New Survey Highlights 4 Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity fraud is easy money for criminals, but there are some steps you can take to help protect yourself and your money.

An AARP sponsored survey finds that protecting your password and ignoring urgent requests for payment can help protect consumers from identity fraud.

Heads up! The AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has received a HUGE spike in calls the last couple of weeks around Medic...
09/28/2021

Heads up! The AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has received a HUGE spike in calls the last couple of weeks around Medicare scams. Whether its for fake DNA tests, fake "new" plastic Medicare cards, or fake medical equipment, scammers are working every angle they can to get what they are after...your Medicare number. Learn more about Medicare scams at https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/medicare.html

Heads up! The AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has received a HUGE spike in calls the last couple of weeks around Medicare scams. Whether its for fake DNA tests, fake "new" plastic Medicare cards, or fake medical equipment, scammers are working every angle they can to get what they are after...your Medicare number. Learn more about Medicare scams at https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/medicare.html

Gift cards are popular and convenient … and not just for gifts. Con artists have latched onto gift cards as a convenient...
09/24/2021
Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from Gift Card Payment Scams

Gift cards are popular and convenient … and not just for gifts. Con artists have latched onto gift cards as a convenient form of payment in their scams. In a 2021 AARP survey, nearly 1 in 3 adults said they or someone they know had been asked at some point to purchase a gift card to pay a bill, fee or some other debt or obligation or to claim a prize.

Know the warning signs of gift card payment scams, and how to protect your loved ones and their finances from these schemes.

Businesses, governments and individuals can be victims. Learn how to help keep fraudsters at bay.
09/17/2021
What to Do If a Ransomware Attacks Your Computer

Businesses, governments and individuals can be victims. Learn how to help keep fraudsters at bay.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Regularly backing up your internal hard drive is one of many ways to thwart cybercriminals. Learn more tips.

09/15/2021
Beware of Moving Scams - A Video Watchdog Alert

Moving scams are committed by rogue operators that exist primarily online. They solicit business by offering lowball estimates, often without so much as laying an eye on what’s to be moved. But from there, the scam can go in a number of different directions.

Bogus rental assistance offers are ploys to steal money, personal information.
09/07/2021
Feds Warn of Text Scam Promising Rental Assistance

Bogus rental assistance offers are ploys to steal money, personal information.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warned consumers to beware of phony text messages promising aid to renters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

When a person pays to have household goods moved and, in violation of a contract, the items don't arrive, federal regula...
08/13/2021
Federal Agency Hears Complaints of Moving Scams

When a person pays to have household goods moved and, in violation of a contract, the items don't arrive, federal regulators call it a “hostage load.” Such cases have spiked in recent years.

Hostage load complaints soared in 2021, as consumers reported phony moving companies for failing to deliver goods as contracted.

After 72-year-old Steve Steele’s life partner passes away, his housekeeper, Elizabeth, offers to work as his caregiver. ...
07/30/2021
Housekeeper Turned Caregiver Steals Homes

After 72-year-old Steve Steele’s life partner passes away, his housekeeper, Elizabeth, offers to work as his caregiver. Over time, Elizabeth takes over Steve’s finances, even persuading him to deed her his homes. It all comes to a head one Christmas Eve, when Elizabeth accuses Steve, who can hardly stand or walk, of assault and the police cart him off to jail for months

In this case of elder abuse, Steve Steele battles to take back control of his finances from a caregiver who takes advantage of him.

Adults age 54 and older were less likely to lose hundreds or thousands of dollars to tech-support scammers, a new global...
07/23/2021
Tech-Support Scams Target Millennials More Than Boomers

Adults age 54 and older were less likely to lose hundreds or thousands of dollars to tech-support scammers, a new global survey for Microsoft finds. But younger adults — especially men — were most apt to lose money to these scams.

A new Microsoft survey finds that older adults were less likely to lose money to tech-support scammers when compared with younger adults.

07/21/2021
The Growing Problem of Money Mules

What is a money mule? What kinds of fraud and scams are associated with them? And how can we see and identify them and avoid falling victim?

HEADS UP: Once again, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has been receiving calls about a new scam going around. A co...
07/13/2021

HEADS UP: Once again, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has been receiving calls about a new scam going around. A company is calling folks, claiming to be "AARP Security Systems" (or something similar sounding), and trying to sell home security equipment.

Please be advised these calls are NOT affiliated with AARP. Often times, scammers use the names of legitimate companies, in this case AARP, to try to gain your trust. If you receive a call like this, please HANG UP and do not give them any personal information. If you have questions about a call you may have received similar to this, please call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360.

HEADS UP: Once again, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has been receiving calls about a new scam going around. A company is calling folks, claiming to be "AARP Security Systems" (or something similar sounding), and trying to sell home security equipment.

Please be advised these calls are NOT affiliated with AARP. Often times, scammers use the names of legitimate companies, in this case AARP, to try to gain your trust. If you receive a call like this, please HANG UP and do not give them any personal information. If you have questions about a call you may have received similar to this, please call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360.

A growing number of Americans are making an unsettling discovery while examining their credit card accounts. Embedded in...
07/13/2021
How to Avoid “Dark Patterns” on Your Credit Card Bill

A growing number of Americans are making an unsettling discovery while examining their credit card accounts. Embedded in the list of monthly transactions are charges for things they don't remember buying or services they can't recall receiving.

Concerned about recurring charges on your credit card bill that you don’t recognize? Here’s 6 ways to spot dark patterns and protect your wallet.

07/01/2021
The summer heat is on, and so are the Scams of Summer

With summer comes a whole new season of activities, and also, a new season of scams. From bogus utility "shutoff" threats , to vacation and car rentals, join us today as we discuss some of the top scams heating this summer season.

Heads up. The AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline is reporting an increase in calls about utility scams as fraudsters seek...
06/30/2021

Heads up. The AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline is reporting an increase in calls about utility scams as fraudsters seek to take advantage of the extreme temperatures and fears of losing power during them. Learn more about utility scams at : https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/utility.html

Heads up. The AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline is reporting an increase in calls about utility scams as fraudsters seek to take advantage of the extreme temperatures and fears of losing power during them. Learn more about utility scams at : https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/utility.html

06/16/2021
An AARP Fraud Watch Network Featured Discussion with Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys

Join us for a special conversation with Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys. We are going to talk about one of the most common scams we are seeing today, celebrity impostor scams. In these scams, Scammers reach out to the real star’s followers, asking for money under a variety of pretexts. These can include charity donation requests, ticket giveaways, or even access to VIP meet and greets, among others. We’ll talk about these scams, and how to help protect yourself from them.

Did you If you buy the "anti-aging" pill ReJuvenation? If so, the FTC wants you to know that you can get a refund.
06/16/2021
If you bought ReJuvenation, you can get a refund

Did you If you buy the "anti-aging" pill ReJuvenation? If so, the FTC wants you to know that you can get a refund.

A few months ago, we wrote about a settlement with the makers of ReJuvenation, the so-called anti-aging wonder pill.

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuseas we age, yet o...
06/15/2021

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuse
as we age, yet older people are mistreated more often than we
think. Take action to raise awareness toward prevention on this
important social justice issue! http://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/weaad-home #WEAAD

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuse
as we age, yet older people are mistreated more often than we
think. Take action to raise awareness toward prevention on this
important social justice issue! http://eldermistreatment.usc.edu/weaad-home #WEAAD

As more Americans venture out of pandemic isolation after being vaccinated and head for long-awaited vacations and reuni...
06/14/2021
AARP Fraud Watch Team Warns You of 5 Travel Scams

As more Americans venture out of pandemic isolation after being vaccinated and head for long-awaited vacations and reunions with family and friends, they are whetting the appetite of a class of scam artists who target travelers.

As destinations reopen and travel restrictions loosen amid the pandemic, here are 5 scams to watch out for before your next vacation.

State officials from New York to California are warning consumers that criminals are seeking their personal data under t...
06/10/2021
Officials Warn of REAL ID Phishing Scams

State officials from New York to California are warning consumers that criminals are seeking their personal data under the guise of helping them obtain a REAL ID, a government-issued driver's license or identification card that eventually will be required to board domestic flights or enter certain federal facilities.. Learn more at: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2021/real-id-phishing-scam.html

Several states have issued warnings to beware of texts and emails asking for your driver's license and sensitive info, related to obtaining a REAL ID.

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Operation Protect Veterans Fraud Alert ZoomCast Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 7:00pmET/4:00pmPT Fraud Prevention Experts from AARP, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Federal Trade Commission to discuss new survey findings and ways Veterans and Military Families can protect themselves from scams and fraud in light of new data showing Veterans and Military are 40% more likely than civilians to lose money to con artists. FREE REGISTRATION HERE: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/48qn8p/
Join us for our next FWN Facebook Live. We will be joined by Troy Broussard, Associate State Director of AARP Louisiana. We will be discussing common scams affecting veterans and their families, and how to help avoid them.
Join us for a special two-hour Opry Live as we celebrate the 5000th Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry with performances by Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, John Conlee, The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young with host Bobby Bones. The livestream starts at 8/7c pm. You can also watch the show live on Circle Television, Dish Network, and Sling TV or on connected devices through the Roku Channel, Samsung TVPlus, VIZIO, RedBox, Peacock, Frndly TV, and XUMO! Check your local listings at www.CircleAllAccess.com. #OpryLive​ #CountryMusic​​ #CircleAllAccess​ Grand Ole Opry Bobby Bones Show Natalie Stovall Bill Anderson Garth Brooks Terri Clark Official: John Conlee Larry, Steve & Rudy - The Gatlin Brothers Vince Gill The Isaacs Chris Janson Dustin Lynch Darius Rucker Jeannie Seely Connie Smith Trisha Yearwood Chris Young
From pigeon p**p to spiked drinks, con artists in Europe use creative ploys to fleece travelers.
Join us for a special two-hour Opry Live as we celebrate the 5000th Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry with performances by Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, John Conlee, The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young with host Bobby Bones. The livestream starts at 8/7c pm. You can also watch the show live on Circle Television, Dish Network, and Sling TV or on connected devices through the Roku Channel, Samsung TVPlus, VIZIO, RedBox, Peacock, Frndly TV, and XUMO! Check your local listings at www.CircleAllAccess.com. #OpryLive​ #CountryMusic​​ #CircleAllAccess​ Grand Ole Opry Bobby Bones Show Natalie Stovall Bill Anderson Garth Brooks Terri Clark Official: John Conlee Larry, Steve & Rudy - The Gatlin Brothers Vince Gill The Isaacs Chris Janson Dustin Lynch Darius Rucker Jeannie Seely Connie Smith Trisha Yearwood Chris Young
Join us for our discussion today with Beverly Yang from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). We will talk about common debt relief scams and how to best help protect yourself from them. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of their own.
Here are 5 frauds to know and tips to stay safe from the scammers.
Identity fraud is easy money for criminals, but there are some steps you can take to help protect yourself and your money.
Join us as we discuss the latest scams coming into the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline and Scam-Tracking Map.
Amy Nofziger from the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline provides some important real time updates about scammers purporting to be from Spectrum Cable.
Today we talk to Lori Schock from the SEC about common types of investment scams, some key red flags to look out for, and ways to help avoid them.