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Shredding event set for Red Mile Saturday, part of AARP Kentucky’s ‘Operation: Stop Scams’

The AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Kentucky are bringing fraud-fighting efforts to consumers in Lexington “Operation: Stop Scams” – with a free community shredding event.

Across the country events include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” Fraud Watch Network background presentations, tele-town halls and phone bank call-out sessions to warn consumers of the latest scams.

Consumers can find their closest local event at www.aarp.org/OperationStopScams. More at www.aarp.org/lexington.

“Many Americans clear out and discard their obsolete financial documents at the end of the tax-filing season in April. Our Lexington shredding event provides a convenient and safe way for people to destroy this sensitive paperwork,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky State President. “April also brings the personal finance awareness activities of Money Smart Week, so we’re excited to do our part with events to teach consumers to be smart about avoiding fraud and scams.”

Who: AARP Kentucky with the historic Red Mile and Wildcat Shredding

What: Free Community Document Shredding Event

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine; or until trucks are full)

Where: The Red Mile – 1200 Red Mile Rd, Lexington, KY 40504 (parking lot)

Money Smart Week, April 22-29, is a collaborative between thousands of organizations across the United States that offer financial education programs, classes and activities.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages. The website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale.

Users may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver breaking scam information, or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling.

From AARP Kentucky Communications

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