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How to Spot Scam Texts on Your Smartphone

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


Our team of fraud fighters has the real-world tips and tools to help protect you and your loved ones. 



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Scam Alerts

Data Breaches Fuel Financial Fraud

With billions of identifiers up for grabs, good cybersecurity is a must

Beware Red Flags of Apartment Rental Scams

Below-market rents, unusual payment methods are among the warning signs

Watch Out for These 8 Red-Hot Scams in 2022

Google Voice scams among new nuisances that threaten consumers

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

Social Security Impostors Stole $95 Million

9 signs that you are the target of a fraud and how to protect yourself

Tips to Safely Purchase Your Pet Online

Here's how to protect your heart and your money from pet scammers

How Beneficiaries Can Prevent Medicare Fraud

Scammers may offer free medical supplies in exchange for your Medicare number

Fraud Fighting

Your Real Friend May be Phony on Social Media

How to spot impostors on Facebook Messenger, Instagram

How to Stop Cybercriminals in Their Tracks

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

FCC Cracks Down on Car Warranty Robocalls

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


Let’s Stop Blaming Scam Victims, AARP Report Says

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

8 Gripping Shows and Movies About Scams to Stream Now

Stories of brazen criminals abound on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more

Cybercrime Cost Older Americans $3 Billion in 2021

Romance, tech support scams drive rising cost of online fraud, FBI data shows

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




Learn how to spot and avoid the common scams listed below

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