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10 Things to Know About Cryptocurrency and Related Scams

Consumers reported losing $1.4 billion in 2022 to bogus investments and other schemes involving crypto


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Beware of ‘Do Me a Favor’ Scam Messages

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

Quiz: Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft

From avoiding malware to creating strong passwords, test out your fraud-prevention savvy

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

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

Scam Alerts

Mail Theft, Check Washing on the Rise, USPS Warns

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

2 Scams to Watch For During Tax Season

How to protect yourself — and recover — from preparer fraud and identity theft

Americans Lost Record-Breaking $8.8 Billion to Scams

In 2022 the cost of investment schemes, impostor scams and other fraud skyrocketed

Money Can Be Stolen From Your Bank Account

Customers need to be vigilant as thefts from personal accounts become more common

7 Tips for Avoiding Fraud When Donating to Charities

Criminals may take advantage of your generosity and steal your cash

7 Top Scams to Watch Out for in 2023

Criminals are quick to exploit current events and add new twists to well-known ruses

Why You Should Think Twice Before Taking an Online Quiz

Your answers to ‘fun’ personal questions can help criminals steal your identity

Watch Out for a COLA Twist on Social Security Scams

Scammers seek sensitive data to ‘activate’ benefit hike

Fraud Fighting

Exclusive: Attorney General Garland Vows to Fight Scams

The AG tells AARP how the DOJ is working to stop ‘pernicious’ fraud schemes against older Americans

5 Ways to Build Better Passwords

Be creative, change them regularly and store them safely

How Timeshare Exit Scams Work and How to Avoid Them

Scammers pretend to help owners get out of their contracts while taking their cash

7 Tactics Criminals Use to Perpetrate Fraud

Scammers have learned how to manipulate people’s emotions and take advantage of their trust in others

Former NASA Engineer Gets Even With Scammers

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

FCC Orders Mobile Companies to Block Scam Texts

Americans received 225 billion robotexts last year, more than spam calls

Know When Your Facebook Friend is a Real Phony

How to protect yourself and spot impostors on Messenger, Instagram

Help Your Teen Avoid Online Scams and Identity Theft

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

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

Our toll-free service is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 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

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

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

More on Fraud

Should You Pay for Antivirus Software? Experts Say No

A device’s built-in security is often enough, but stay on top of updates, passwords

Con Artists Stole Over $400M from Military Community

Veterans likely among the most targeted group in the country

9 Must-Listen Podcasts About Scams and Con Artists

Find eye-opening true-crime stories and tips for avoiding fraud




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