'Tis the Season for Fraud: Inside the Mind of a Con-Artist

Posted on 11/29/21 by Victoria Brown

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Every year, millions of Americans are victimized by fraud and scams – and this time of year, scammers know that people are more focused on the spirit of the holidays than on what's happening with their pocketbook.

Get a step ahead of the crooks by going directly to the source and taking a rare peek inside the mind of a con-artist. Brett Johnson, known as “The Original Internet Godfather,” will share ways to protect yourself and loved ones from being scammed this holiday season.

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Deep within the internet is the Dark Web, a space where criminals can anonymously buy and sell illegal goods and private information. Known as the "Original Internet Godfather," Brett Johnson created one of the dark web's first online stores where criminals bought stolen credit cards, Social Security numbers, drugs and guns. After serving seven years in prison, Brett turned his back on criminal enterprise and became a consultant for the Secret Service and the cybersecurity industry.

Want to get a rare look inside the mind of a master con-artist? Join this webinar as Brett Johnson reveals how he became a con man and why he changed his ways. You'll learn how to protect yourself from cybercriminals and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions of Brett.

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

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