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In this workshop, you’ll learn how to detect and protect yourself from scams. You can listen to it here. Continue scrolling to read as well.

Lesson 4: How to report a scam

Now that you know what steps you can take to prevent experiencing a scam, let’s cover what you can do to report suspicious activity.

According to the FTC in 2020, people over 50 reported $861 million lost to scams and fraud.

If you or a loved one have experienced a scam — or believe there was an attempt to coerce you into sharing personal information or sending money — report it and learn how to avoid future attempts.

First, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network can help you spot and avoid scams. Sign up for free Watchdog Alerts by email or text to get the latest information about trending scams.

If you or a loved one have experienced a scam, want to report on a scam you have heard about, or if you need help determining if something is or isn’t legitimate, call the Fraud Watch Network’s toll-free fraud helpline at 877-908-3360. This free resource is available to everyone, and our trained fraud specialists can provide guidance and support. Scams reported through the fraud helpline are contributed to the federal Consumer Sentinel database managed by the US Federal Trade Commission.

You can also visit AARP’s nationwide Scam Tracking Map online to find current information about scams taking place in your area and report your own instances of fraud.

  • Step 1

    Take down as much information as possible about a potential scam so you can provide a detailed description.

  • Step 2

    Let your financial institutions’ help centers know as soon as possible that you may have been a victim of fraud.

  • Step 3

    Report the scam to AARP’s Fraud Watch Network.

  • Step 4

    Alert friends and family to the scam, so they will be able to recognize scam attempts.

  • Step 5

    Monitor your accounts regularly to identify other suspicious activity and, if applicable, place a fraud alert on your credit report.

Now that you’ve learned how to report a scam, test yourself. Take the three-question quiz at the bottom of the webpage. Once you’ve answered and clicked to get your quiz results, you will have completed this workshop.

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Congratulations! You’ve learned valuable information that can help you detect and protect yourself from scams. Be sure to check out the other online workshops, videos and resources available on

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