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Has AARP Been Hacked?

Lately, I've been getting a number of emails that appear to be from AARP, but are in fact spam or worse. The sender is usually similar to Member Benefit Info (or something like that). It looks legit until you look at the real address. I'm attaching a couple of screenshots that show a sample email and information about the sender. As an organization that looks out for and is trusted by seniors, I hope you can track down the perpetrators! 

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Today, whitelabel error messages when attempting to navigate

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Hi GS898454. May I ask what you were attempting to navigate when you got these whitelabel errors? Thanks. - Stephen K.

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I believe it has been hacked my friend. If they're publishing microphones in toilets somebody's got a screw loose.

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@NealB20435 Hi Neal! Let me help. AARP has not been hacked. That looks like a common spam email that's suppose to look like it came from a trusted sender. Be sure to report suspicious emails as spam. Learn more about keeping yourself safe from these phishing emails here: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/phishing.html  A legitimate email from AARP will usually end in @aarp.org, this means the email address belongs to our organization and is legitimate. 

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Thank you, Janelle. I know all about the scams (which is how I knew these weren't legitimate AARP emails), but I wanted to report it to you so that maybe some of your more vulnerable members won't be at risk. I was hoping that someone on your end could investigate the root of the issue and either put a stop to it or at least warn the membership of the situation.

 

Neal

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