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Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Unite for AARP’s Digital Fraud Awareness Initiative

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A collaborative venture between AARP Virgin Islands and AARP Puerto Rico is in the pipeline. The two have come together to curate a digital series that delves deep into fraud prevention, as stated in a recent organizational briefing.

The core objective of this online series is to empower the citizens of both the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with the knowledge and tools to defend themselves, as well as their families, against the increasing threat of scams and fraudulent activities. This becomes even more paramount post-disasters and during the festive season, two instances when scam activities surge. Another significant facet of this series is to shed light on the financial exploitation of the elderly.

Kicking off the series is the event dubbed “Navigating Fraud in Post-Disaster Scenarios”. This webinar is scheduled to occur via Zoom on the evening of August 31, 2023, at 5:30 pm (Virgin Islands time). For those who wish to attend this session in English, they can do so by securing their spot via this link: AARP Virtual Disaster Fraud Training.

Moreover, there will also be a Spanish rendition of the session. This will be broadcasted on the AARP Puerto Rico’s official Facebook page. The highlight of the session will be the insights shared by representatives from eminent institutions such as the Department of Justice Criminal Division – National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), FEMA Caribbean Region Disaster Fraud Division, VI Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA).

For those keen to register, simply log into the AARP.org account. If you don’t have one, setting it up is straightforward. It’s noteworthy to mention that you don’t need to be an AARP member to participate. Furthermore, registration is complimentary. These sessions are made available to the general public, catering to individuals 18 years and above. Post this inaugural session, enthusiasts can mark their calendars for two more insightful sessions due on October 26 and then on December 11 & 12, 2023.

Troy de Chabert-Schuster, at the helm of AARP-VI, conveyed his eagerness about joining hands with AARP Puerto Rico for this venture. He underscored the gravity of ensuring that residents are well-informed, thereby fortifying them against potential fraudulent traps.

To stay updated on forthcoming sessions and to gain a comprehensive understanding of fraud prevention, individuals are encouraged to visit aarp.org/vi. Further information is also available on AARP Virgin Islands’ Facebook pages: AARP VI and AARP VI Espanol.

Incorporating these proactive measures, especially those shared by trusted institutions like AARP, can be the first line of defense in a world that’s increasingly digital and, unfortunately, fraught with scams.

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