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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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.