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Fraud Watch Network Helps Texans Thwart Identity Theft


Thursday, March 20, 2014   

AUSTIN, Texas – It has become one of the most pervasive crimes in America, but a new program is helping folks across Texas and the nation protect themselves from identity theft.

The Fraud Watch Network is from the AARP, but Joe Sanchez, the organization’s associate state director in Texas, says it's available free of charge for anyone of any age.

"Because too many hard-working Americans have been and are being scammed out of their hard-earned money,” he explains.

“So the Fraud Watch Network is really a network to give Americans access to resources and tools so they can protect themselves and their families from fraud and identity theft."

Last year alone in the U.S., there was a new identity fraud victim every two seconds with total losses around $18 billion.

More information on the Fraud Watch Network is available online at the AARP website.

The methods used by scammers vary widely and new threats emerge every day, so Sanchez says that's why Fraud Watch Network and other resources are great tools.

"This will provide them with up-to-the-minute information on fraud, scams that are happening real-time,” he says. “And so what they need to do is make sure that they stay up to date on what's going on with any of the frauds and scams that are happening on a daily basis."

AARP also recently completed a survey that found more than 2 million Internet users in Texas are at increased risk of being victimized.

This is due to behaviors such as clicking on pop-up ads, signing up for free trial offers and opening email from unknown sources.

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