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WHATThe AARP Fraud Watch Network provides information and advice for older adults on how to be aware of the latest scams and frauds and what they should do if targeted.
WHYTo arm older adults with the appropriate information and tools to become aware of scams and fraud and prevent themselves from becoming victims of elder financial abuse.
Across the USA.

Program Description

“Knowledge gives you power over scams. The AARP Fraud Watch Network equips you with reliable, up-to-date insights, alerts and fraud prevention resources to help you spot and avoid scams and protect your loved ones. We even cover the latest scams in the news.”

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

“… you’ll learn how to proactively spot scams, get guidance from our fraud specialists if you’ve been targeted, and feel more secure knowing that we advocate at the federal, state, and local levels to protect consumers and enforce the law.”

The network has a dedicated AARP Fraud Hotline 877-908-3360 supported by trained fraud specialists along with a website with several online resources.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides the following fraud prevention resources:

  • The Latest Senior Scams in the News.
  • Videos and Information on How Specific Senior Scams Work.
  • Senior Scam Tracking Map – a map showing scams according to zip codes, users can also use this tool to report scams.
  • Senior Scam Alerts via Text – regular watchdog alerts sent to a phone.
  • Social Media – connecting with others on Facebook and Twitter to communicate about senior scams.
  • Common Senior Scams - are detailed including warning signs, and dos and don’ts for older adults.
  • The Perfect Scam Podcast -  tells stories of people who have been targets of a scam and features experts to explain how scammers work. 

Common senior scams and fraud include:

Caregiver Fraud
Car Warranty Scams
Census Scams
Credit Card Interest Rate Scam
Cryptocurrency Scams
Disaster Scams
Donation Fraud
Email Extortion Scams
Funeral Scams
Gift Card Fraud
Grandparent Scam
Health Insurance Scams
Jury Duty Scams
Medical Equipment Scams
Medicare Card Scams
Online Banking Scams
Pet Scams
Political Scams
Ponzi and Pyramid Schemes
Porch Pirate Scams
Rental Scams
Romance Scams
Stimulus Check Scams
Sweepstakes and Lottery Scams
Tech Support Scams
Vaccine Scams
Work-From-Home Scams

AARP helps prevent elder financial abuse by advocating for laws and regulations to help stop scams and fraud attempts from occurring. 

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Elder Abuse Prevention Programs
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