ONE IN 10 AMERICANS will fall prey to phone scams this year, and millions more will be ripped off online or in person. Older Americans are prime targets for scam artists. It’s time to stop the bad guys. To help, the Bulletin assembled an all-star antifraud team to reveal the top scams of 2017 and tell you how to defend your home, investments and identity, and how to be safer when you shop or travel.
Fraud costs Americans tens of billions of dollars a year, and the crimes keep getting more brazen and sophisticated. Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. That’s why AARP created the Fraud Watch Network to empower you to protect yourself and your family from fraud and scams.
Don’t become a victim. Take action. In this special report, you'll learn how.
Watch out for these common scams and keep your identity safe.
By Kevin Mitnick, hacking expert and author of The Art of Invisibility.
How to protect yourself from popular home scams.
By Sid Kirchheimer, anti-fraud crusader and author of AARP Bulletin's Scam Alert column.
Sophisticated sales techniques are just the trappings of these well-worn financial cons.
By Gerri Walsh, senior vice president at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Phone fraud complaints have increased nearly 60 percent since 2010. Watch out for these common scams.
By Doug Shadel, director of Washington state’s AARP office and an expert on fraud schemes targeting older people.
The explosion in online shopping has made millions more vulnerable to shopping scams.
By Karl A. Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia.
How to Stop Fraud
Next: Identity Theft
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network puts proven tools and resources right at your fingertips – from news articles, to fraud literacy quizzes, to a scam-tracking map that tells you about fraud in your community.
Operation Stop Scams
The Fraud Watch Network has more than 150 fraud-related events taking place nationwide this spring. Learn more about events near you.