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Layin’ It on the Line: Watch out for fraud. Here is help from AARP

By Lyle Boss - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Mar 20, 2024

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Lyle Boss

Recently, the Social Security Administration sent a warning regarding many fraudsters changing bank account numbers and diverting benefit checks to themselves. This crime is growing as are other fraudulent schemes.

I found this information while searching for additional information on combating fraud for my clients.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network stands as a beacon in the fight against scams and fraud, offering a comprehensive and free resource for individuals of all ages. This initiative, driven by the AARP, has emerged as a valuable tool in empowering people to protect themselves from the ever-evolving landscape of fraud.

At its core, it is a dedicated platform designed to educate, inform and provide resources to individuals, irrespective of their AARP membership status. This inclusivity reflects the organization’s commitment to fostering a sense of community and safeguarding the financial well-being of everyone.

One of the key features is its educational component. The platform offers a wealth of information on various types of scams, ranging from identity theft to online fraud. Through articles, webinars and interactive content, users can gain insights into the tactics employed by fraudsters and learn how to recognize and avoid falling victim to scams.

Moreover, the system goes beyond just awareness-building; it equips individuals with practical tools to stay vigilant. The platform provides scam-tracking maps that highlight recent fraud incidents across the nation, enabling users to stay informed about emerging threats in their area. This real-time information is invaluable in helping people stay one step ahead of scammers.

Recognizing the prevalence of technology-driven fraud, it has embraced digital channels to disseminate information. Through newsletters, social media platforms and a dedicated website, individuals can access up-to-date information on the latest scams and fraud-prevention tips. This digital outreach ensures that the AARP Fraud Watch Network remains a relevant and accessible resource for a wide audience.

One distinctive aspect is its commitment to community engagement. The platform encourages users to share their experiences and report scams, contributing to a collective effort to track and combat fraudulent activities. This sense of community collaboration is empowering, fostering a united front against scammers.

Importantly, it is not limited to a specific demographic. While it is affiliated with the AARP, the platform extends its resources to individuals of all ages. This inclusivity recognizes that fraud does not discriminate based on age and emphasizes the importance of a collective effort to combat scams across generations.

Lyle Boss, a native Utahn, is a member of Syndicated Columnists, a national organization committed to a fully transparent approach to money management. Boss Financial, 955 Chambers St., Suite 250, Ogden, UT 84403. Telephone: 801-475-9400.


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