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Expect a Spike in Scam Attempts During the Holidays

Criminals ramp up package-delivery, online-shopping and other schemes this time of year, an AARP survey finds


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11 Ways to Fight Election Misinformation

The 2024 election is on the horizon. How can you tell if photos, videos and stories are real?

Who Are You Really Buying From When You Shop Online?

Shady companies are selling on Amazon, Walmart and other retail sites. Here’s how to protect yourself

Quiz: Can You Spot a Holiday Scam?

Know which frauds to watch out for this holiday season

Scam Alerts

Is That Your Bank Contacting You — or a Scammer?

Criminals pretend to warn you about fraud while trying to steal your money

How to Avoid Sports and Concert Ticket Scams

Taylor Swift fans are just the latest victims of criminals selling bogus tickets online

8 Scams That Senior Medicare Patrols Are Seeing Now

Old deceptions are recycled to take advantage of what you know from news reports

Could a Criminal Use Deed Fraud to Steal Your Home?

Yes, deed theft cases are growing and can result in the loss of your home​

Beware of ‘Do Me a Favor’ Scam Messages

An increasingly common scheme involves impostors claiming to need help buying gift cards

Real Estate Wire Fraud: Targeting Down Payments

A New Jersey couple lost nearly $92,000 to scammers — and they’re not alone

Romance Scammers Woo Victims Into Crypto Schemes

Online criminals break hearts and steal savings with promises of risk-free investments

Chatbots and Voice-Cloning Fuel Rise in AI-Powered Scams

Cybercrime experts warn that new tech offers scammers frighteningly effective tools

Fraud Fighting

What to Do if Your Wallet Is Lost or Stolen

7 steps to prevent identity theft and money loss — plus how to replace what’s missing

5 Ways to Build Better Passwords

Be creative, change them regularly and store them safely

Health Care Fraud Exposed After Patient’s Death

A chiropractor’s office stole from Medicare and other health insurance providers for years

How to Spot Fake Reviews Before You Buy

Online marketplaces and the FTC are cracking down, but a little investigating on your part goes a long way

Fraud Fighters Are Working to Keep Scam 'Epidemic' at Bay

Government agencies and others are seeking solutions as the crime wave continues

How, Why and When to Check (or Freeze) Your Credit Score

Monitoring your creditworthiness is key for tracking your financial health and spotting fraud

10 Worst Things to Carry in Your Wallet

With identity theft rampant, keep only the essentials in your pocket or purse

13 Ways to Protect Yourself From Fraud

Learn how to lower your risk and keep criminals at bay

White House Announces New AI Protection Efforts

Measures meant to prevent fraud, keep infrastructure secure and protect privacy

Victim Support

AARP's Fraud Watch Network Helpline Is Fighting for You

Volunteers provide emotional support and practical advice to scam victims

Many Scam Victims Struggle With Mental Health

Experiencing fraud can often be both financially and emotionally devastating

Elder Fraud

5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation

Steps to help protect loved ones from theft

3 Ways to Help a Loved One Who Has Been Scammed

Ease their burden by offering compassion, assistance

The Legal Consequences of Elder Fraud Can Be Steep

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

More on Fraud

Should You Stop Using Paper Checks?

Other forms of payment may be safer as mail theft and check-washing cases surge

Fake Delivery Service Text Alerts Are Rampant

How to tell if messages are legitimate or criminals’ smishing attempts

Why Criminals Want Your Driver’s License

It's important to keep your personal data safe to avoid identity theft




Learn how to spot and avoid the common scams listed below

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