WSFA 12 News, AARP fight fraud with phonebank

WSFA 12 News, AARP team up for anti-fraud phonebank

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News and AARP teamed up to host a virtual phonebank to help our viewers combat fraud.

AARP volunteers took viewer questions Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, in 2019 Alabama saw about 28,500 reports of fraud, identity theft, and other reports that bilked residents out of more than $9 million.

According to the FTC, the top 10 categories for fraud include:

  1. Identity theft
  2. Imposter scams
  3. Credit bureaus, info furnishers and report users
  4. Telephone and mobile services
  5. Debt collections
  6. Prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries
  7. Banks and lenders
  8. Online shopping, negative reviews
  9. Auto related
  10. Healthcare related

The average victim lost about $300 to fraudsters in each case.

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