- Feb 19, 2020With 2020 Census Pending, Findings Show Many May Not Recognize Expected Census Scams
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Impostor scams continue to target large numbers of Americans, and as the federal government launches the 2020 Census, a majority may be susceptible to phony Census...
- Dec 12, 2019AARP Campaign Raising Awareness of Most Common Seasonal Scams
WASHINGTON—Consumer fraud schemes escalate each year during the holidays, and a new research report, “Seasons Cheatings,” from the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that a significant number of consumers are at risk of becoming victimized by common seasonal scams.
- Nov 11, 2019Research Finds Unexpected Money Emergencies & Imprudent Responses Are Common
Reacting to new research that shows one-half of adults have experienced an unexpected financial challenge in the past year, AARP today launched AARP MoneyMap™, a free online tool that helps consumers deal with unanticipated financial emergencies.
- Oct 4, 2019Justice Department Teams up with AARP and the Oak Ridge Boys to Launch Public Service Announcement to Raise Awareness About Fraud Schemes Targeting Older Americans
The Department of Justice today unveiled a new public service announcement (PSA), created in collaboration with AARP and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Jul 17, 2019Bill Would Improve Weaknesses in Caller ID Exposed by Recent AARP Survey
AARP today announced its endorsement of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would reduce abusive robocall practices.
May 22, 2019Many Unaware of Caller ID Limitations and Are Underusing ‘Do Not Call’ Registry
While a large majority of Americans suspect that most of the automated telephone messages – or “robocalls” -- that they receive are attempts at scams, few are taking actions to protect themselves, according to results of a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network.
- Apr 4, 2019Fish Tales: Daymond John, Jean Chatzky, and America’s Money Mavens Advise Consumers on How to Save MoneyAARP Studios premieres YouTube series on good money management practices
Most Americans feel uneasy about their money management and financial futures. To help address these concerns and provide actionable tips and consumers can take today, AARP Studios announced today a new five-part Fishing for Advice video series.
- Mar 15, 2019AARP Series Features Compelling Stories from Scam Victims and Con Artists
AARP today released the first in a series of new episodes of its popular podcast The Perfect ScamSM, featuring stories from real scam victims and fraud prevention tips.
Feb 12, 2019Seeking Your Valentine Online? Beware: More Than One-Fourth in New Survey Confirm First-Hand Accounts of Relationship ScamsAARP Campaign Warns: ‘Protect your Heart and Your Money’
As Valentine’s Day approaches and millions of Americans meet others on matchmaking websites, dating apps and social media, 27 percent of those polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a friend have encountered attempted financial scams while seeking friendship or love interest online.
- Sep 5, 2018Convicted scammers reveal how your private info gets bought and sold by criminals at hidden websites
WASHINGTON, DC—Information stolen in computer breaches of well-known companies is flooding into an underground digital market called the Dark Web, where criminals buy and sell Social Security numbers, credit card information and computer passwords to be used for fraud, an investigation in the September issue of AARP Bulletin reveals. Using software originally developed by the U.S. Navy and available for free to anyone who wishes to download it, criminals buy and sell private data with complete anonymity, then use it to commit identity fraud. Approximately 6.6 percent of U.S. adults were victimized last year, the report shows, and allegedly, more than half of Americans’ Social Security numbers are for sale for as low as a few dollars each. The article also details how identity fraud typically occurs, and the many proven, powerful ways consumers can protect themselves.