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AARP Launches “Operation: Stop Scams” with Events in Communities Nationwide

Educational event scheduled for April 26 in Palmer, Alaska


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams”-- a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Friday, April 14, through Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Events include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” Fraud Watch Network background presentations, tele-town halls and phone bank call-out sessions to warn consumers of the latest scams.  Consumers can find their closest local event at www.aarp.org/OperationStopScams.


“April brings the personal finance awareness activities of Money Smart Week, so we’re excited to do our part with events to teach consumers to be smart about avoiding fraud and scams,” Nancy LeaMond chief advocacy and engagement officer, AARP.  Money Smart Week, April 22-29, is a collaborative between thousands of organizations across the United States that offer financial education programs, classes and activities. 


Examples of AARP “Operation: Stop Scams” events range from a financial forum in Louisville, Kentucky; to a “Scam Jam” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; to an event in Palmer, Alaska, where participants will hear from the BBB on ID Theft, the Regulatory Commission on Alaska on Utility Scams and AARP Alaska on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. Registration is limited to 40 individuals. Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/FWNPalmer17. The event is free and open to the public.


The AARP Fraud Watch Network launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages.  The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale.  Users may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver breaking scam information, or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling.


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