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April AARP Bulletin Special Report: The Vast, Organized and Growing Business of International Fraud

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it's the coronavirus, the upcoming election, a new Medicare policy, or any major development, professional fraud organizations are increasingly using the day's news as opportunities to scam Americans, and particularly older Americans. In this month's cover story, AARP Bulletin opens the curtains on the increasingly sophisticated, professional, international, and tech-savvy world of fraud.

This unique and deep AARP investigation reveals that the scammers of today are more organized and business-like than ever before. They use advanced technology to their advantage: that means that the call that shows up on your phone with a local area code and prefix might be originating in Florida, Jamaica, India, Eastern Europe, or even Africa. Using email addresses and phone numbers, often purchased in bulk from illegal list brokers, most fraud organizations can afford to play the numbers game. The more they pitch, the more they profit.

So, how do you protect yourself? Even sophisticated scams can be avoided as long as people remain skeptical, ask questions, and take precautionary measures to protect themselves from fraud. Read more about how scammers operate internationally in this month's cover story.

Other stories in the April issue include:

Bulletin Brief on COVID-19:

 In the News:

Your Life:

More information is at: http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/.

About AARP

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media. 


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