If you checked only even-numbered activities, congratula- tions. You’re among Internet users who are least likely to be duped by a fraudster who’s after your money. If you
checked any of the odd-numbered choices, “you may be put-
ting yourself in the scammer’s sights,” said Doug Shadel, AARP
Washington state director and author of Outsmarting the Scam
Artists. Shadel directed an AARP Fraud Watch Network survey
of nearly 12,000 Internet users to figure
out the diferences between online fraud
victims and nonvictims. One surprising
discovery: Age doesn’t matter. What does?
Nonvictims rarely engage in certain on-
line behaviors (such as the odd-numbered
examples above). Victims often have
recently experienced a stressful event, such as job loss, illness
or relationship problems. “Scammers target people who are
emotionally vulnerable because it’s easier to force them into a
bad decision,” Shadel said.
You can now search
for AARP member
discounts close to you
and across the country
with the AARP Member
Finder app for your
iPhone and iPad. You
can also map directions to participating
retail locations that
offer discounts. Visit
You can now save 30
percent on a monthly
membership to Ancestry.com and get access
to records and online
tools to search, save
and share your family
history. For details, go
1. Clicked on a pop-up ad?
2. Played solitaire or other
3. Opened an email from
someone you don’t know?
4. Read a newspaper?
5. Signed up for a free trial offer?
6. Kept in touch with
family members on
Facebook or Twitter?
7. Sold some merchandise in
8. Checked the weather report?
9. Sent funds through an Internet money transfer service?
10. Watched a TV show?
11. Posted your home address,
phone number, vacation
plans, names of children or
grandkids on social media?
Eyes on the Hill
Dreading the yearly brawl with tax forms,
Find a location at aarp.org/findtaxhelp or
call 888-227-7669 toll-free.
Get Tax Help