Today, we unveiled a new Fraud Watch Network campaign to inform Americans about social media hazards and provide information about how consumers can protect themselves and their loved ones. While roughly 70 percent of Americans regularly use social media, according to the Pew Research Center, many aren’t aware of these new types of scams.
We understand that scammers have been using email and telephone calls to target unsuspecting victims for years. But con artists are just as likely to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to execute their insidious scams to steal people’s money and identities.
That is why we created this educational campaign that includes online videos and a new website; and warns Americans about specific social media scams, such as the coupon scam and the genealogy scam:
- Fraudsters execute the coupon scam by distributing advertisements featuring too-good-to-be-true deals on hot items. The real goal is to charge consumers’ credit cards for phony goods or products that will never arrive, or to collect personal information for identity theft.
- The genealogy scam capitalizes on the current popularity of ancestry research. Scammers set up a legitimate-looking website and social media account – often mimicking the name of an authentic genealogy site by altering a character or two of the name. Victims are duped into providing their credit card information, Social Security numbers and other personal information to the identity thieves.
In addition to the new online resources, AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale participated in several broadcast interviews to discuss tips on how to recognize various types of social media scams and how to remain safe while using social media sites.
Abagnale provided these 4 tips to avoid identity theft via social media:
- Never post personal information, including a Social Security number – not even the last four digits — birthday, place of birth, home address, phone numbers, or personal account information.
- Avoid posting a front-facing picture on social media sites. A con artist can copy the image and use it to create a photo ID that can be used to steal a person’s identity.
- Set the privacy options for each social media account to restrict personal information, so it can only be viewed by a select group of people. Check the privacy settings regularly.
- Don’t log in to social media accounts via a public wireless network, where scammers can lurk. A 2016 survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that more than 70 percent of the respondents have accessed their email, Facebook and other social media accounts via free public Wi-Fi.
For more resources and tips on social media scams, visit http://www.aarp.org/SocialScams.
For the fifth consecutive year, The NonProfit Times (NPT) is honoring CEO Jo Ann Jenkins as one of their “Power & Influence Top 50.”
The annual list honors non-profit executives and strategists who have distinguished themselves as “initiators of concepts that will have legs and are already having impact.”
According to NPT, “the 2017 honorees were selected from a group of about 300 top executives. A committee of NPT staff, contributors and a few executives plugged in to executive movement were involved in the selection process.”
In addition, Jenkins has been added to the NPT’s Power & Influence Hall of Fame. She, along with the other 49 honorees, will be honored at the gala’s 20th Anniversary Gala next month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Nowadays, you’re lucky to find a publication that really gets you. Millennial women have Buzzfeed and Refinery 29 and Boomer women have AARP The Magazine. But for the Gen X Woman, the search may not be easy.
To reach this overlooked population of women; AARP recently announced the launch of “The Girlfriend,” a new sassy and savvy digital publication for today’s 40-plus woman. The free weekly newsletter will feature short and snappy essays, which cover everything from pop culture and the hottest health tips to battling divorce and leadership lessons from the mother of dragons.
The Girlfriend puts a new spin on things and attracts a younger audience compared to AARP’s traditional 50-plus audience. The e-newsletter will bring readers stories, quizzes and videos about relationships, money, lifestyle, pop culture and health.
“We were looking for something different and wanted to appeal to a population we didn’t see other publications speaking directly to. We created The Girlfriend to fill the void in communication and better serve today’s 40-plus woman,” said Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, AARP Media.
The Girlfriend Editor-in-Chief, Shelley Emling says, “each week we feature a True Confessions video; it’s like sitting with your girlfriend over a glass of wine and she is telling you her deepest, darkest secret.”
Emling’s personal favorites are the first-person essays and the True Confessions videos, “I love it when women get real with each other and aren’t afraid to show their vulnerability,” she said. Emling also urges readers to submit true confessions videos and share stories about their real life best friends.
Readers can find The Girlfriend’s unique and empowering content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. With a strong reader response within the first week of the launch, the e-newsletter could spread to Pinterest and even Snapchat in the future.
Whether it’s a shoulder to cry on, a laugh over #toomuchwine or navigating the next chapter of your life, make sure you join the conversation because The Girlfriend’s got your back.
As the Senate defeated the “skinny” health care repeal bill this morning, AARP thanked Republican Senators Susan Collins, John McCain, and Lisa Murkowski, as well as Senate Democrats and Independents for opposing the bill.
AARP strongly opposed all of the health care repeal bills this week, because each which would ultimately have resulted in higher costs and less coverage for Americans age 50-plus.
Here are recent activities of note:
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As the Senate plans to vote on the so-called “skinny” health care repeal bill, AARP continues its strong opposition to all of the health care repeal bills, which would ultimately result in higher costs and less coverage for older Americans.
Here is our most recent activity surrounding the health care repeal bills:
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In response to Tuesday’s Senate vote on the motion to proceed to consider a health care bill that would cut Medicare and Medicaid and impose an Age Tax on older Americans, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement:
“AARP is disheartened that a majority of Senators voted to move forward on a bill that would devastate millions of Americans. Today’s vote means the Senate is one step closer to passing legislation that will price gouge people over age 50 and strip health insurance from tens of millions of Americans.
“AARP will continue fighting to stop the Senate from passing any bill that increases costs, imposes an Age Tax, strips coverage from people, cuts Medicare, and cuts the Medicaid services seniors need to stay in their homes.
“Any Senator considering voting for the health care bill should understand the consequences of ignoring AARP’s 38 million members. People over age 50 overwhelmingly vote and they will remember who voted to give them a $13,000 premium hike. AARP will print every Senator’s vote in AARP Bulletin, a publication read by 30.4 million people.
“None of the current bills is the right way to fix health care. AARP stands ready to work with Congress on bipartisan solutions that will lower costs and improve care.”
To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.