Arming Americans in the Fight Against Fraud



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ANCHOR LEAD: Did you know fraud is a 16 billion dollar crime in this country. Brian Osuch has more on what consumers should be on the lookout for and how they can get inside the mind of a scammer. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Every year Americans are losing their hard earned money to fraudsters. Attorney General of Vermont, Bill Sorrell has teamed with AARP to help Americans recognize some of the latest scams… CUT: (Sorrell) The biggest scams we're seeing right now, are the so-called IRS scam – where you supposedly hear from the IRS and you owe back taxes. SCRIPT: The fraudsters bank on you acting fast and then run off with your money… CUT: (Sorrell) The reality is, they're probably internationally located and money that you send to them, state law enforcement and federal law enforcement – it's almost impossible to get your money back. SCRIPT: AARP's Greg Marchildon says there are ways to spot these bad guys… CUT: (Marchildon) An educated population is the most important thing… get some tips from the AARP.org Fraud Watch Network website. Where there is a lot of information on how to protect yourself, scams that may be happening in your own state and your own community and really fascinating interviews with con artists and criminals themselves. SCRIPT: For more, go to AARP.org/FraudWatchNetwork. That's Newsbreak from AARP.
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