- 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.
- Sep 5, 2018In an era of continuous data breaches, AARP campaign seeks to empower public with simple tips to protect sensitive personal information
WASHINGTON, DC—As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that an alarming number of people have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information.
- Jun 29, 2018Anchored by Veteran Radio Host Bob Edwards, AARP Expands its Podcast Offerings with Provocative News Interview Show
WASHINGTON, D.C. — AARP announced today the launch of “An AARP Take on Today,” a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Edwards, the original and longtime host of NPR’s flagship program “Morning Edition.” Each new episode will feature in-depth news interviews on timely topics with guest experts on health, work, money, aging, entertainment and more.
- Apr 16, 2018AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” to Feature Document-Shredding Events and Other Activities in Communities NationwideNew Survey finds Most Agree on Importance of Shredding, but Almost Half Don’t Follow Through
WASHINGTON, DC—As AARP today launches its second annual “Operation: Stop Scams” -- a five-week-long series of more than 150 free document-shredding events and fraud education activities in communities coast-to-coast – a new AARP survey finds that almost half of consumers ignore experts’ recommendations to regularly shred their sensitive financial records.
- Apr 10, 2018AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Campaign to Help Keep Scammers from Conning Enrollees
WASHINGTON, DC—As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the nation’s 58 million Medicare beneficiaries, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program.