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Scams Have Skyrocketed Since Pandemic Began, Report Says

AARP report reveals that criminals are targeting older Americans at record rates


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Fraud News

Justice Department Intensifies Its Fight Against Elder Fraud

Feds add 14 U.S. Attorney’s Offices to help stop criminals from exploiting older Americans

Organized Crime Gangs Earn Big Bucks in Shift to Fraud

Gangs around the globe fuel billion-dollar underground economy

Beware of Scammers Promising COVID Cures, Cash

Coronavirus scams keep coming as fraudsters follow the headlines

Scam Alerts

Mail Theft, Check Fraud Are Growing Problems

Learn how to keep your payments safe as thieves grow more brazen

Government Impostor Scams on the Rise

6 frauds to know and tips to stay safe from the scammers

VA Warns of PACT Act Scams Targeting Veterans

Scammers are preying on the 5 million vets newly eligible for benefits

After Disaster Strikes, So Do Fraud Criminals

Crooks behind fake charities — and phony repair schemes — want your cash

Scammers Peddle Pandemic Puppies That Don’t Exist

Multiple victims across U.S. seeking a four-legged friend lost thousands

Fraud Fighting

Help Your Teen Avoid Online Scams and Identity Theft

Criminals are targeting kids with fake shopping sites, scholarship offers, sextortion and more

How to Stop Cybercriminals in Their Tracks

Crooks use a variety of tools and tactics, but smart security practices can thwart them

Beware Scam Robocalls, Texts Tied to COVID-19

FCC launches web page with coronavirus fraud safety tips

FCC Cracks Down on Car Warranty Robocalls

Voice service providers ordered to block traffic from group accused of making billions of illegal calls

Former NASA Engineer Shares Gets Even With Scammers

Mark Rober discusses the 'glitterbomb package' and other creative ways he gets back at fraudsters

Know When Your Facebook Friend is a Real Phony

How to protect yourself and spot impostors on Messenger, Instagram

How to Spot Scam Texts on Your Smartphone

Take steps to protect yourself from fake mobile messages sent by cybercrooks

AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 1-877-908-3360

Our toll-free service is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET

Victim Support

Let’s Stop Blaming Scam Victims, AARP Report Says

Advocates call for a change in how we talk and think about financial fraud

7 Scams Reported on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Helpline

From requests for genetic testing to fake arrest warrants, here's how crooks are deceiving consumers

Elder Fraud

5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation

Steps to help protect loved ones from theft

Tech Tools to Help Guard Against Elder Financial Abuse

Websites and firms that can flag suspicious behavior

The Legal Consequences of Elder Fraud Can Be Steep

Scams are on the rise, but here are ways to fight back




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