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The AARP Fraud Watch Network is a free resource for all. With AARP as your partner, you’ll learn how to proactively spot scams, get guidance from our fraud specialists if you’ve been targeted, and feel more secure knowing that we advocate at the federal, state, and local levels to protect consumers and enforce the law.

Protecting consumers goes back to AARP’s founding. Learn more about our history.

What We Help You Do

Stay Informed

Knowledge gives you power over scams. The AARP Fraud Watch Network equips you with reliable, up-to-date insights, alerts and fraud prevention resources to help you spot and avoid scams and protect your loved ones.

Find Support

If you've been targeted by scams or fraud, you are not alone. Our trained fraud specialists provide support and guidance on what to do next and how to avoid scams in the future. The AARP Fraud Helpline, 877-908-3360, is free and available to anyone.


Have a Voice

AARP fights for consumers by advocating for laws and regulations to stop scams and shut down fraud attempts.  We also provide a voice to consumer concerns and help shape the public discussion on fraud.   


MEMBERS GET MORE. AARP The Magazine and the AARP Bulletin regularly feature news and tips on the latest scams. AARP members also can get a free chapter of the new book from AARP Ambassador and fraud expert, Frank Abagnale, Scam Me If You Can.

Our Fraud Experts See Full Bios

Kathy Stokes
Director of Fraud Prevention, Fraud Watch Network

Amy Nofziger
Director of Victim Support, Fraud Watch Network

Doug Shadel
State Director,
AARP Washington

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Paul Greenwood
External Speaker,
Elder Abuse

Brett Johnson
External Speaker,
Scams & Fraud

AARP members make possible free resources like the Fraud Watch Network. Support our nonprofit, nonpartisan work that empowers people to choose how they live as they age by becoming a member today

In the News

Millions of Americans are receiving their stimulus payments in the form of debit cards, but AARP says some consumers are mistaking legitimate economic impact payments for scams. 

— Newsweek 1/28

Psychic scams are on the rise during the pandemic, and AARP reports receiving increased calls to its Fraud Watch Network Helpline.

—  New York Times 1/15

AARP warns about an increase in efforts to target older Americans through pet adoption and dating-related scams during the pandemic.

The Hill 12/2  


The AARP Fraud Watch Network works with industry, federal regulators, law enforcement and other nonprofits to help deliver the message of fraud prevention. Current partners include: