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Public Wi-Fi scams

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Fraud Watch

Are you using public Wi-Fi?

Free Wi-Fi is a great convenience, but it can be risky. Scammers can set up a Wi-Fi network with a name similar to the one you’re intending to use, hoping you’ll connect to it, or they can hijack your information between you and the Wi-Fi access point.

Do no more than check the weather or browse sports scores; otherwise, hackers can steal your passwords, see your email or intercept financial transactions.

Make sure your device isn’t set to connect to Wi-Fi automatically.

When on public WiFi, use your device’s data service or install a “virtual private network” to protect yourself while using public Wi-Fi.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.