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AARP SD Launches 3rd Annual Operation: Stop Scams Tour

Posted on 03/26/19 by Leah Miller

Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Helping South Dakotans fight back against fraud is a priority for AARP South Dakota and that's why this month we are hosting the third annual  Operation : Stop Scams Tour. As tax season comes to a close, join AARP volunteers at free fraud seminars and shredding events in communities across South Dakota.

FREE DRIVE THRU SHREDDING SERVICES
These events are free and open to the public. Registration and/or AARP membership is not required to attend. Please bring items in plastic bags, not cardboard boxes, to ensure quick and secure shredding.

Sioux Falls: Monday, April 22, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sioux Empire Mall Parking Lot (east side, near JCPenney)
5000 W Empire Mall, Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Canned food donations will be also be collected for Feeding South Dakota.
Your generosity is appreciated but not required.  

Rapid City: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Rushmore Mall Parking Lot (west side, near JCPenney)
2200 N Maple Ave, Rapid City, SD 57701

Canned food donations will be also be collected for Feeding South Dakota.
Your generosity is appreciated but not required.  

Pierre: Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Richie Z's BBQ Parking Lot
401 S Central Ave, Pierre, SD 57501

Canned food donations will be also be collected for Feeding South Dakota.
Your generosity is appreciated but not required.  

Watertown: Friday, April 26, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Watertown Police Department Parking Lot
128 N Maple Ave, Watertown, SD 57201

Aberdeen: Monday, April 29, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dakota Event Center Parking Lot
720 Lamont Street S, Aberdeen, SD 57401

Cleaning supplies and paper products will be also be collected to support The Journey Home.
Your generosity is appreciated but not required.  

To avoid having your sensitive information compromised, security experts recommend shredding the following types of materials:

  • Old documents:  Papers that carry your Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords or PINs.
  • Banking:  Canceled or unused checks.  Shred deposit slips and ATM and credit card receipts, once you receive your monthly statements.
  • Credit Cards: Preapproved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies.
  • Medical: unneeded medical bills.
  • Investments: Investment account statements.
  • Obsolete ID cards: Expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards, and passports.

For those consumers who use a home shredder, experts also recommend the use of a micro-cut model.  Tests have shown that the scraps of paper from a straight or cross-cut shredder can be reassembled by identity thieves.  With a micro-cut shredder, the paper is rendered into impossible-to-reassemble debris. Attendees at each shredding event will be given the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a micro-cut shredder. 

FREE FRAUD SEMINARS
Dive deep into identity theft ploys and protections with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Registration is required as lunch will be served. Events fill quickly to early registration is suggested.  Click below or call 1-877-926-8300 to register.

Rapid City: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Rapid City - Rushmore Plaza
Register For Rapid City Here

Sioux Falls: Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn City Centre
Register for Sioux Falls Here

Pierre: Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Richie Z's Brickhouse and BBQ
Register for Pierre Here

Watertown: Friday, April 26, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Watertown Public Library
Register for Watertown Here

Aberdeen: Monday, April 29, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dakota Event Center
Register for Aberdeen Here

When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You can join the Fraud Watch Network and receive alerts about frauds and scams targeting other South Dakotans. Any one of any age can join for free by visiting  aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or to receive Fraud Watch Network alerts by phone, call 1-866-542-8172.

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