4 Simple Steps to Fight Identity Fraud

New AARP-sponsored report shows the most common ruses adopted by scammers

by Katherine Skiba, AARP, October 11, 2021

​Identity fraud is easy money for criminals, but there are four steps you can take to protect yourself and your money:​​

  1. Ignore requests for an urgent form of payment, such as using a gift card or making a wire transfer.
  2. ​Protect your passwords and log-in information.
  3. Do not communicate with strangers about confidential or sensitive financial matters.
  4. Verify everything you’re told to determine if a supposed problem truly requires your attention.

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