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Time:1:00 PM EST

Duration:15 minutes


One of the most common scams is government impostors, where you may get a phone call, an email, or a visit to your home from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service or some other government agency. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission recently reported victims lost nearly $153 million to government impostor scams in 2019 – a staggering amount.

But, research tells us that if you know about a scam, you are 80% less likely to engage, and if you do engage – you are 40% less likely to fall victim.

Join AARP, the Federal Trade Commission and our colleagues from each of the most commonly impersonated government agencies: Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, the Census Bureau, and the Social Security Administration, for a special edition webinar, Slam the Scam. During this short, 15 minute session, you’ll learn about how to recognize, report and keep you and your loved ones safe from government impostor scams.

If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam! 


Kathy Stokes

Director, Fraud Prevention Programs


Kathy Stokes has worked in and around the financial security arena for most of her career. As Director of Fraud Prevention Programs with AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, she leads AARP’s efforts in helping members and other consumers protect themselves and their families from scams and fraud. In addition, Kathy serves as a subject matter expert on Social Security for AARP’s consumer outreach activities. Prior to joining AARP in 2016, Kathy worked with the Brookings Institution’s Retirement Security Project, the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the American Savings Education Council and Ernst & Young’s national tax group. She also ran her own communications consulting practice for a decade with clients in the financial education and retirement space. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in American Government from the Johns Hopkins University.

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