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7 Top Scams to Watch Out for in 2023

Criminals are quick to exploit current events and add new twists to well-known ruses


Our team of fraud fighters has the real-world tips and tools to help protect you and your loved ones. 



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Many Scam Victims Struggle With Mental Health

Experiencing fraud can often be both financially and emotionally devastating

6 Travel Scams to Watch Out For

AARP's Fraud Watch team warns you of cons that could ruin your getaway plans

5 Ways to Build Better Passwords

Be creative, change them regularly and store them safely

Scam Alerts

Mail Theft, Check Fraud on the Rise, USPS Warns

Learn how to keep your payments safe as thieves grow more brazen

Watch Out for a COLA Twist on Social Security Scams

Scammers seek sensitive data to ‘activate’ benefit hike

Scams Have Skyrocketed Since Pandemic Began

AARP report reveals that criminals are targeting older Americans at record rates

Money Can Be Stolen From Your Bank Account

Customers need to be vigilant as thefts from personal accounts become more common

Organized Crime Gangs Earn Big Bucks in Shift to Fraud

Gangs around the globe fuel billion-dollar underground economy

Fraud Fighting

Help Your Teen Avoid Online Scams and Identity Theft

Criminals are targeting kids with fake shopping sites, scholarship offers, sextortion and more

How to Stop Cybercriminals in Their Tracks

Crooks use a variety of tools and tactics, but smart security practices can thwart them

Justice Department Intensifies Its Fight Against Elder Fraud

Feds add 14 U.S. Attorney’s Offices to help stop criminals from exploiting older Americans

7 Tactics Criminals Use to Perpetrate Fraud

Scammers have learned how to manipulate people’s emotions and take advantage of their trust in others

Former NASA Engineer Gets Even With Scammers

Mark Rober discusses the 'glitterbomb package' and other creative ways he gets back at fraudsters

Know When Your Facebook Friend is a Real Phony

How to protect yourself and spot impostors on Messenger, Instagram

How to Spot Scam Texts on Your Smartphone

Take steps to protect yourself from fake mobile messages sent by cybercrooks

AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 1-877-908-3360

Our toll-free service is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET

Victim Support

Let’s Stop Blaming Scam Victims, AARP Report Says

Advocates call for a change in how we talk and think about financial fraud

7 Scams Reported on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Helpline

From requests for genetic testing to fake arrest warrants, here's how crooks are deceiving consumers

Elder Fraud

5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation

Steps to help protect loved ones from theft

Tech Tools to Help Guard Against Elder Financial Abuse

Websites and firms that can flag suspicious behavior

The Legal Consequences of Elder Fraud Can Be Steep

Scams are on the rise, but here are ways to fight back




Learn how to spot and avoid the common scams listed below

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