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The Perfect Scam

The Perfect Scam is AARP’s weekly podcast profiling America’s biggest scams. Listen to experts tell stories from fraud victims and their families.


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AARP’s weekly podcast The Perfect ScamSM tells the stories of people who find themselves the target of a scam. Host Bob Sullivan introduces listeners to those who have experienced scams firsthand, as well as leading experts who pull back the curtain on how scammers operate. 

The Perfect ScamSM is a project of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which equips consumers like you with the knowledge to give you power over scams.

Archive Episode: Rookie FBI Agent Turns Tables on International Scammers, Part 2

In Part 2, rookie FBI agent Mike and 80-year-old Alan, who has lost $600,000 to scammers, hatch a plan to lure the crooks to the U.S. and bring them to justice.

Archive Episode: Rookie FBI Agent Turns Tables on International Scammers, Part 1

International scammers are notably hard to prosecute, but when rookie FBI agent Mike meets 80-year-old Alan, who lost $600,000 to scammers, they hatch a plan to lure the crooks to the U.S. for arrest.

A Mexican Drug Cartel Runs Time-Share Scam, Part 2

James is becoming suspicious of the real estate deal to sell his time-share, but he couldn’t have imagined that he’d be involved in a dangerous scam run by members of a notorious Mexican drug cartel.

A Mexican Drug Cartel Runs Time-Share Scam, Part 1

James receives an offer to sell an unwanted time-share, but unexpected fees pile up and delay the sale. Little does he know that a dangerous Mexican drug cartel is behind it all.

Criminals Cash In on Couple's Credit Card Points

Jody and her family love to travel and save up their credit card reward points for family vacations. When the points start disappearing, they learn how thieves are turning their hard-earned points into cash.

Scammers Defraud Small-Biz Owner in Arrest Warrant Scam 

During the pandemic, government loans are a lifeline for many small businesses, including Victor’s. But Victor doesn’t realize his loan information is easily accessible to scammers, who use it to their advantage.

Utility Bill Scam Targets Grieving Family

After receiving a notice from the "power company,” Lorraine transfers her late father’s account to her name, but she soon realizes that impostors have stolen her deposit and her information.

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About the Fraud Watch Network

Whether you have been personally affected by scams or fraud or are interested in learning more, the AARP Fraud Watch Network advocates on your behalf and equips you with the knowledge you need to feel more informed and confidently spot and avoid scams.

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Have you seen this scam?

  • Call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 or report it with the AARP Scam Tracking Map.  
  • Get Watchdog Alerts for tips on avoiding such scams.

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Have you seen this scam?

  • Call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 or report it with the AARP Scam Tracking Map.  
  • Get Watchdog Alerts for tips on avoiding such scams.