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NEW AARP Fraud Watch Network Workshops to Fight Back Against Fraud

Posted on 06/23/17 by Valerie Disalvio, AARP Ohio

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Americans lose billions of their hard-earned dollars every year to fraud, identity theft and scams. Attend any one of the following workshops to learn how AARP’s Fraud Watch Network will give you the tools you need to combat identity theft, recognize fraud and scams, and keep con artists at bay. Register online or call toll-free at (877) 926-8300. You can choose which workshop you’d like to attend after completing the online registration form.

July 18 – November 15

Various Branches at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Mason Public Library, 200 Reading Rd, Mason, OH 45040

COST: FREE – Register online or call toll-free at (877) 926-8300. 

Medical Identity Theft

Have you ever received a bill for medical services you did not receive or has anyone called you asking for your Medicare or Insurance Plan ID? If you answered yes, then someone might have been attempting to commit medical identity theft.

Medical identity theft occurs when someone uses your name or medical identification numbers to take money from insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid. If someone receives health care using your name or insurance information, you may find you can’t get the care you need, and you could face life-threatening inaccuracies in your medical records.

Investment Fraud

Have you ever been approached to buy gold coins or has someone offered you an investment with a guaranteed return? You might have been approached by a con artist. Investment fraud happens when someone provides you with false information with the intent of getting you to invest in something. The common element to investment fraud schemes is that you’ll lose much or all of the money you invest.

Con Artist’s Playbook

After stealing or getting you to reveal personal information like your name, Social Security number, and bank account information, criminals can use this information to commit fraud such as using your information to file bogus tax returns, applying for government benefits, draining your bank accounts, etc. Con artists also use strategies of introducing fear, greed or urgency to convince their victims to disclose personal information or send them money.

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