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AARP hosts free event in Columbus to help people avoid scams

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

AARP Georgia spent time at the Columbus Library on Saturday, June 28, helping residents safely get rid of important documents. 

The Fraud Workshop and Shredding event is a way to learn about the most common scams con artists use to take money. 

They also collected canned goods for Feeding the Valley food bank.  Charima Young with AARP tells us this is part of their Fraud Watch network.

"We have a fantastic free event," says Young. "It's under our Fraud Watch Network program, and it's an education about how to protect yourself against con artists. And we also have shredding going on on-site that's free, and we're taking food donations for feeding the valley non-profit." 

AARP tells News Leader 9 that Americans lose up to $40 billion each year to fake sales over the phone, and through door to door salespeople who specifically target older customers.

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