New resources aim to keep Washington residents safe from scammers

With the number of scam telephone calls we receive on the rise, and the methods used to target the public incredibly varied – including greater use of technology to steal from the unsuspecting – an ally is needed.

The good news is that AARP of Washington recently presented an informative online program called Tip-Offs To Rip-Offs, which featured plenty of tips, strategies and insider knowledge designed to keep people — and their bank accounts — safe.

The organization has joined forces with local partners, the State Attorney General’s Office, BECU, TechConnect and the call blocking service Nomorobo to help Washington consumers stay a step ahead of the scammers.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his team are helping Washington consumers stay a step ahead of the scammers.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his team are helping Washington consumers stay a step ahead of the scammers.

New robocall complaint form for Washington consumers

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has a new website with consumer information and tips on combating robocalls. The site also includes a new robocall complaint form specifically designed to help attorneys and investigators react quickly to complaints and stop the calls.

“This is an issue that I take very seriously and my team takes very seriously,” says Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “My 94-year-old mother gets robocalls. It’s harassing, it’s annoying and honestly I worry that it could lead to her getting scammed.”

New video: Turning the Tables on the Scammers

AARP has released the following video which uncovers the tricks and tactics robocall scammers are using to rake in millions. You’ll hear from consumer fraud experts on what you can do to protect yourself and the people you care about.

You’ll also hear the story of Jim Browning, who has turned the tables on the con artists, exposing their methods while gaining a worldwide following of more than three million YouTube subscribers.

Through a unique new partnership with Nomorobo, AARP shares the “Top Five Robocall Scams in your Community” online at aarp.org/tipoffs. It provides real-time access to robocall scams targeting Washington consumers, includes tips for protecting yourself, and some resources to turn to for help.

“AARP Washington has been working to protect Washington citizens from fraud and exploitation for many years,” says AARP’s Doug Shadel. “We’ve produced educational videos, research and workshops like this, and this year’s campaign has all of that and a lot more.”

By sharing this education, and with the help of these tools, AARP’s aim is that all of us can enjoy the quiet that comes with fewer unnecessary phone calls, and the peace of mind that we won’t fall for these scams in the future.

Learn more about AARP on Facebook and visit aarp.org/tipoffs to protect yourself today!

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