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AARP Fraud Experts

Learn more about the team of professionals working to keep you safe and informed about fraud

Kathy Stokes, Director of Fraud Prevention, Fraud Watch Network

Kathy Stokes is the director of fraud prevention programs with AARP where she leads efforts to educate consumers on how to spot and avoid scams. Kathy has worked in and around the financial security arena for nearly three decades and is a frequent public speaker. Her experience includes serving on a special working group of the Federal Reserve to create the Fraud ClassifierSM model to provide a common taxonomy for fraud across the payments industry. She currently serves on the advisory council to the Board of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

Amy Nofziger, Director of Victim Support, Fraud Watch Network

Amy Nofziger is the director of fraud victim support with AARP, a role she has held for nearly two decades. She leads a team of fraud specialists and dozens of volunteers who help victims of fraud though the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline. Her experience includes a term on Colorado's Elder Abuse Task Force, during which the state passed a mandatory elder abuse reporting law. Due to her experience and expertise, she receives frequent public speaking invitations and has presented across the country and on television to consumers and professionals on consumer fraud. Amy is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Doug Shadel, State Director, AARP Washington

Doug Shadel is the State Director for AARP Washington. As a former fraud investigator and lead researcher for AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, Shadel has authored numerous articles, academic studies, and books about how scammers conduct their operations and who is most likely to become a victim. He has served as an expert witness in criminal fraud trials for the U.S. Department of Justice, testified before Congress on the rise of fraud in the U.S., and writes a regular column for AARP the Magazine.

Paul Greenwood, External Speaker, Elder Abuse

Paul Greenwood is a retired San Diego Deputy District Attorney where he headed up the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit for 22 years. He has prosecuted over 750 felony cases of physical, sexual, emotional and financial elder abuse. Paul now spends much of his post-retirement time consulting on elder abuse cases and providing trainings to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services agencies across the country and internationally. He is also a criminal justice board member of National Adult Protective Services Association.

Brett Johnson, External Speaker, Scams & Fraud

Brett Johnson is a leading authority on internet crime, identity theft, and cybersecurity. Called 'The Original Internet Godfather' by the United States Secret Service, Brett built and ran the first organized cybercrime community, Shadowcrew, laying the foundation for modern financial cybercrime. After being placed on the United States Most Wanted List, then captured and convicted of 39 felonies, Brett served his time and accepted responsibility. Now that he has found redemption with the help of his loved ones and the FBI, Brett speaks and consults across the planet to help protect people and organizations from the type of person he used to be.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is a free resource for all who are interested in or have been personally affected by scams and fraud. With AARP as your partner, you’ll learn how to proactively spot scams, speak to our fraud specialists for guidance 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.