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The AARP Fraud Watch NetworkTM 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 NetworkTM 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. We also offer online support sessions for further emotional support.

 

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.   

  Identity Theft & Older Adults          

         Join AARP and the Federal Trade Commission on January 31, 2023 at 2 pm ET for an interactive discussion about how we can fight back against identity theft and scams.

    

      

Fraud Prevention Resources

  • Look up a scam in AARP’s Fraud Resource Center, with dozens of tip sheets on how to recognize and avoid common scams, including videos that break down how scams work.

  • See or report scams in your area with our Scam-Tracking Map.

  • Get regular updates on the latest scams by signing up for biweekly Watchdog Alerts or text FWN to 50757 to receive text alerts.

  • Hear directly from fraud experts at one of our webinars, tele-town halls or live events in communities around the country.
  • Hear stories of real scams on our award-winning podcast, The Perfect Scam. Explore fraud from the viewpoint of victims, law enforcement and the con artists themselves.

  • Get social with the AARP Fraud Watch Network on Facebook and Twitter, where you’ll also have access to online events. You can also connect with others on the Scams & Fraud channel in AARP’s online community.

  • Check out online resources to help protect veterans, service members and their families against scams at the AARP Veterans Fraud Center.

  • Looking for resources in Spanish? Go to www.aarp.org/fraude

Find out if your financial organization has received the AARP BankSafe training to fight financial exploitation at aarp.org/banksafe

     

        

           MEMBERS GET MORE. AARP The Magazine and the AARP Bulletin  regularly feature news and tips on the latest scams.

        

Our Fraud Experts See Full Bios

Kathy Stokes
Director of Fraud Prevention, Fraud Watch Network

Amy Nofziger
Director of Victim Support, Fraud Watch Network

Paul Greenwood
External Speaker, Elder Abuse


Troy Broussard
Senior Advisor,
Veterans & Military Families Initiative External Speaker

 

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Highlights

TEDx Talk: AARP’s director of fraud prevention, Kathy Stokes, shares stories and offers ways we can reframe the shame that often accompanies becoming a victim to fraud and how we can all be more aware and supportive.

   

Nancy LeaMond, AARP’s chief advocacy and engagement officer, says that urgent action and a coordinated effort by law enforcement, regulators and policy makers are needed on consumer fraud.

   

AARP’s The Perfect ScamSM podcast won the “Best Use of a Podcast” award in the 2020 Shorty Social Good Awards, which it shared with CNN. Finalists included brands such as HBO and GoFundMe.

In the News

AARP fraud expert Amy Nofziger warned readers of the Detroit Free Press about pet scams around the holidays and said peer-to-peer apps are an increasingly popular form of payment with scammers.

– 12/7/2022

KENS-TV San Antonio reported on how to safely buy gift cards this holiday season. AARP’s Kathy Stokes said that if you’re going to buy one in a retail store, think about choosing one from the back of the rack.

— 12/7/2022

NewsNation said a new AARP report warns that scams are expected to spike over the next few weeks as many Americans ramp up seasonal spending for holidays.

                                — 12/2/2022


Partners

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: