AARP calling residents to warn about possible scams

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HARTFORD, and BOSTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The AARP Fraud Watch Network is calling hundreds of people across Connecticut to warn them about possible scams that people could fall victim to.

Fraud Watch Action Day sees AARP Fraud Watch Network staff and volunteers calling people to protect themselves from possible con-artists. Imposters pretending to be police officers, federal agents and other high ranking authority members can scare someone into paying them money.

2014 saw 2,575 Connecticut residents become victims of imposter scams.

“Con artists think they can bully people into forking over their hard-earned money,” said AARP lead Fraud Watch volunteer, Byron Peterson. “That’s why today, we’re turning the tables on them, arming residents with the information they need so they know what to watch out for.”

The program, “Reverse Boiler Room” is a partnership between the AARP Fraud Network and the Office of the Attorney General. All 6 New England states and New York brought in people who are trained in coaching others how not to fall victim to any scam.

For more information on the efforts of AARP Fraud Watch Network, you can visit their website here.

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