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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. We even cover the latest scams in the news.

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

Fraud expert Kathy Stokes says AARP has launched a special campaign to crack down on gift cards used as payment in scams.

— Detroit Free Press / 4/16/2021

 The coronavirus pandemic has been a boom for scammers.  AARP’s Amy Nofziger explains what to do if you’ve been targeted.

— BBC News / 4/16/2021

AARP survey finds one In 10 people targeted fall victim to gift card payment scams.

 — WFTS-TV Tampa, FL / 4/8/2021


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: