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AARP Arkansas launches scam-tracking map

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AARP Arkansas made it easier for consumers to report and track instances of fraud schemes by announcing AARP Fraud Watch Network launched a new online Scam-Tracking Map. It will allow consumers to share information with others in their community who may become targets of fraud.

The Scam-Tracking Map is free and interactive. It also includes alerts from law enforcement and other public agencies. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is encouraging people who have been targeted or victimized by a scam to access the map web page, so they can easily post a brief description of the scam.

The Scam-Tracking Map is powered by Google Maps, and features location-based functionality, allowing users to view current scam alerts posted by residents in their own community with just one click.

Users also will be able to search using the new map for different types of scams via a keyword search function. Users can also see the last police and public safety notices state by state using a pull-down menu.

“Scammers have demonstrated that they are highly adept at developing creative identity theft schemes, imposter scams and other types of fraud," Lou Tobian, the AARP Arkansas Associate State Director of Outreach & Education, said. “The Scam-Tracking Map will help Arkansas residents recognize these insidious schemes wherever they encounter them – via email, telephone or a knock at your door.”

The site will feature a wide variety of scams reported by Arkansans. For example, one consumer reported that she got a call from someone saying they were an IRS agent, while another reported that he received an email soliciting him to purchase a nonexistent “eBay Motors Buyer Protection Plan.”

AARP Fraud Watch Network was launched in 2014 as a free resource for people of all ages. The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Fraud Watch Network Ambassador, Frank Abagnale. 

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