AARP of MA Releases June Fraud Watch Update

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
GoLocalProv News Team

AARP of MA releases June Fraud Watch Update
The AARP of Massachusetts has released its monthly fraud watch update for the month of June.

The AARP warns of the following scams:

SCAM ALERT #1:

Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Seniors, family members, and senior providers are encouraged to contact their local AARP State Office for free scam and fraud prevention resources or for more information.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. 

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention.

SCAM ALERT #2:

Concerts are especially popular during summer months. Scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, can only accept cash, want you to wire the money or transfer through a prepaid account, or who pressure you to act quickly.  Report any suspicious sellers to local law enforcement.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. 

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention.

SCAM ALERT #3:

Summer isn’t all about spending days at the beach or traveling. Finding employment has become a top priority for younger adults and temporary job seekers. However, discerning whether or not the job is legitimate has become a huge problem. Watch out for employers who require fees for training and for ordering a background check. A genuine employer would NEVER ask for someone to pay for this. Make sure the company is legitimate before sharing any personal information or sending them any money.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. 

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention.

SCAM ALERT #4:

Reports are coming in about a Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH) scam so please be aware and share this important information.  The scammer will call you, claiming to be an employee of PCH and will direct you to a “claims agent.”  This person will inform you that you have won millions of dollars, but that you have to pay a tax or collector’s fee in order to receive your prize.  Please note: PCH will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize. No legitimate prize promoter ever charges a fee when you win. In addition, PCH never calls ahead to tell the winner they have won a prize. 

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