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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2007
Radio PSAs: Attorney General and AARP warn of online and investment scams

Station managers and news directors: The Washington Attorney General’s Office and AARP have teamed up with the state Department of Financial Institutions and Microsoft to help consumers invest wisely and stay safe online. With KOMO radio’s help, we’ve recorded two public service announcements to warn Washington residents about scams and identity theft and tell them how they can obtain free information to help them protect themselves. Please consider running these PSAs on your station.

PSA 1 – WISE INVESTING (60 SECONDS)

Con artist: Let me ask you a question. Are you interested in making money?

AARP Director Doug Shadel: When you get a call like this, hang on to your wallet!

Con artist: With so much unrest, the safe haven is gold.

Shadel: Maybe he’s pitching gold coins… or an oil and gas scheme

Con artist: I can smell the oil coming out of the ground!

Shadel: Maybe it’s a hot stock deal.

Con artist: You hear that? It’s opportunity knocking. Take your hand off your pocketbook and open up your mind.

Shadel: Think you’re too smart to be fleeced? That’s what the con artists want you to think.

Con victim: My losses in this scam were $175,000.

Shadel: And unfortunately, once the money’s gone, you’ll never see it again. I’m Doug Shadel, state director of AARP Washington. AARP, the Washington State Attorney General and the Department of Financial Institutions want to protect you from swindlers.

Announcer: To learn how to safeguard your hard-earned money, order your free “Invest Wise Washington” packet online at aarp.org/wa or call toll-free 1-800-646-2283. That’s 1-800-646-2283. Order your free packet today.


PSA 2 – CYBER SAFETY (60 SECONDS)

AARP Director Doug Shadel: Viruses, spyware, Trojan Horses and keystroke loggers. Cyber criminals have all sorts of ways to attack your home computer.

I’m Doug Shadel, director of AARP here in Washington state. Hackers are hard at work, all day, every day, trying to snag your personal information and steal your money.

But there are ways to fight back - to keep the bad guys out. I’ve learned how to set up a firewall, use a spam filter, and protect my machine with anti-virus and anti-spyware software. I’m not only safer from Internet criminals; I feel more comfortable online.

AARP and the Washington state Attorney General’s Office have teamed up with Microsoft to give you some simple steps on how to safeguard your computer and your identity on the Internet.

Announcer: To get your free copy of AARP’s Cyber Safety Toolkit, call this toll-free number: 1-800-646-2283. That’s 800-646-2283 or online www.aarp.org/wa. Cyber safety: it’s not just kids’ stuff.

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Media Contacts: Kristin Alexander, AGO Media Relations Manager, (206) 464-6432
Jason Erskine, AARP Communications Director, (206) 517-9345

Editor’s note: If you’re able to use these PSAs, please let us know. Thanks.

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