Get Your Fraud Questions Answered During Fraud Watch Wednesdays.

Posted on 04/19/22

If you’ve ever wondered how scammers operate and what you can do to protect yourself, then join AARP Wisconsin as we chat with experts and get your questions answered.

We’ll be hosting a series of webinars that highlight a scam and a fraud fighting organization so that you can recognize the red flags and have the tools you need to avoid, detect, and report fraud.

Each webinar is free and you do not need to be an AARP member to attend. Registration is required.

Click the topic in the list below to see more details about the event.

Upcoming events:

Past Events:

Investment Scams

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm CT
Guest: WI Department of Financial Institutions (DFI)

The phone rings, and a friendly, energetic-sounding stranger is on the line asking if you have a minute to learn how to triple your money in just six months by investing in gold and silver mines. Or maybe you get an email urging you to buy shares of a company whose stock price is sure to go through the roof. It sounds too good to be true — because it is too good to be true. 

DFI’s Robin Jacobs talks to us about investment fraud and resources DFI has available.


Finding Support

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm CT
Guest: Liz Buser, AARP Fraud Watch Network

If you've been targeted by scams or fraud, you are not alone. AARP’s trained fraud specialists provide support and guidance on what to do next and how to avoid scams in the future. 

Liz Buser joins us to discuss the AARP Fraud Watch Helpline, and free support sessions, along with other resources available to everyone – whether they’re an AARP member or not.



Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm CT
Guest: Michael Domke, Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

We've all gotten a call (or several) about "our car's extended warranty". These calls are frequent and they are frustrating.

Michael Domke of DATCP joins us to talk about Robocalls and what steps we can take to avoid them.


Cybersecurity and Online Shopping

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm CT
Guest: Tiffany Bernhardt Schultz, Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin (BBB)

We are spending increasing amounts of our time online. With that comes a level of convenience, but it also provides con artists with more openings to try to collect our information and steal our money.

Tiffany Bernhardt Schultz from the BBB joins us to talk about Cybersecurity and give us tips for shopping online safely.


Package Theft and Holiday Scams

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm CT
Guest: United Sates Postal Investigation Service (USPIS)

Scammers never take a break, and the holiday season presents plenty of opportunities for them to target people. And, with an increase in package delivery comes an increase in package theft....

Join us as we speak with the USPIS about holiday scams and how we can keep our deliveries safe.


Year In Review

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm CT
Guest: Lara Sutherlin, Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Join as as we look back on the biggest scams of 2022 and what we should be ready for as the new year starts.



Check out the blog posts about past events in this series to get great resources and watch a recording of the event.

Medicare Fraud

Guest: Ingrid Kundinger, Senior Medicare Patrol
Medicare Fraud results in billions of dollars of losses every year, and can be detrimental for beneficiaries. We talked with Ingrid Kundinger from the Senior Medicare Patrol about how to spot and avoid Medicare Fraud.

Read more about Senior Medicare Patrol and watch a recording of this session here.

Imposter Scams

Guest: Michelle Reinen, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
Scammers will impersonate anyone from your loved ones to government agencies in order to get your money and personal information. Michelle Reinen from DATCP talked with us about these Imposter scams, how to spot them, and what to do if you encounter one.

Read more and watch a recording of the session here.

This story is provided by AARP Wisconsin. Visit the AARP Wisconsin page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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