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Shred documents, dispose old meds, and learn how to protect from fraud in one swoop. Here’s where

VIRGINIA BEACH — AARP Virginia will have a free on-site document shredding from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. on July 28 during a Fraud Watch Network Event here.

Leading identity theft expert Frank Abagnale, the man portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 movie “Catch Me If You Can,” will be the keynote speaker for the event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their important documents to be shredded and stay for Abagnale’s presentation from 6:30 – 8 p.m, according to a news release from AARP.

He will discuss his life as a con man, his transformation into a renowned expert on fraud prevention, provide tips on how to protect yourself from the latest scams, and take questions from the audience.  Abagnale will include information on fraud perpetuated against military members and veterans, according to AARP.

The event is free. Register by calling 1-877-926-8300 or by visiting here.

Virginia Beach Police will also be collecting prescription medication as part of their prescription medication take-back program from 4 – 7 p.m.

In addition, there will be exhibits offering tools and resources to prevent fraud and identity theft such as Legal Shield, Adult Protective Services, Child ID Kits, and more, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from the convention center concession stand.

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The public is invited to sign-up for a telephone forum conversation with Abagnale on how to protect themselves from fraud, scams and con artists. Participants will have the opportunity to pose their questions directly to Abagnale during this live event at 2:30 p.m. on July 28. Sign up here to be called.

According to AARP, Virginia residents reported 7,656 cases of identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission during 2017, yet a new AARP survey finds that almost half of consumers ignore experts’ recommendations to regularly shred their sensitive financial records.

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