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About the AARP Fraud Watch Network

We’ve been serving older Americans since 2013 with trained Fraud Fighter volunteers to help you

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is working to empower you to spot and avoid scams.

We give support and guidance to victims and their families when fraud happens. We also engage with local, state and national partners to better protect consumers from scams and fraud.

Our free Fraud Watch Network has been around since 2013, offering real-time Watchdog Alerts, scam tracking maps and advice from specially trained volunteers. But since its founding in 1958, AARP always has been at the forefront of arming consumers to fight back.

Learn how to spot a scam

The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides tips, tools and resources to help you stop fraud before it happens. If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

  • Check out AARP’s Fraud Resource Center, with more than 50 tip sheets on how to recognize and avoid common scams. We also have a series of videos that break down how scams work.
  • Look up 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.
  • Learn more from fraud experts at one of our webinars, tele-town halls or live events in communities around the country.
  • Listen to AARP’s podcast called The Perfect Scam to hear stories of real scams from the viewpoint of victims, law enforcement and the fraudsters themselves.
  • Get social with the AARP Fraud Watch Network on Facebook and Twitter. You can also connect with others on the Scams & Fraud channel in AARP’s online community.

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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 Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, Scam Me If You Can.

Need help with a fraud encounter?

The AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline, 877-908-3360, is a free resource available to anyone who has fallen victim to a scam or to their families. Trained staff and volunteers, many of whom have themselves experienced fraud, offer support and help finding resources for reporting and recovering.

Call us for:

  • Concrete steps you can take to avoid fraud.
  • Actions to take if you have been victimized by fraud.
  • Emotional support from peers who have experienced fraud.
  • Guidance for families concerned that a loved one is being scammed.
  • Referrals to law enforcement and other agencies that fight or investigate fraud.

The helpline team also takes calls from scam spotters to help keep the AARP Fraud Watch Network and federal, state and local authorities informed of emerging scam trends.

How else does Fraud Watch help?

The AARP Fraud Watch Network fights for better consumer protections, provides a voice to consumer concerns and helps shape the public discussion on fraud by:

  • Collaborating with fraud fighters in business, technology, law enforcement and other areas to spread the message of prevention and promote practices that protect consumers.
  • Working with federal, state and local entities to educate consumers on scams and fraud.
  • Supporting regulatory and legislative action to protect consumers, including recent legislation on illegal robocalls.
  • Conducting original research to help policy makers, businesses and journalists better understand the effect of scams and fraud on consumers.
  • Appearing regularly in local and national media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, NBC News, Dr. Phil and Live With Kelly & Ryan.