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Becoming An AARP Fraud Trainer — A Good Fit For Mobile Notaries

fraudster-and-notary-resize.jpg(Originally published in the May 2019 issue of The National Notary magazine.)

I first became interested in volunteering with AARP in 2016 after attending a fraud presentation at the NNA’s annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. After the event, I thought about how much I hate seeing people take advantage of senior citizens. As my parents are getting older, I really wanted to do something to help protect the elderly community. That’s when I decided I wanted to volunteer as an AARP fraud trainer.

This is a natural progression for my Notary career. I began my business, Notary Access, in 1992 after I watched Notaries help my parents with documents they needed notarized. I became curious and after doing some research, I decided to take a class and earn my commission.

When I started Notary Access, I did general Notary work and later focused on loan signings and mortgage closings. I also taught Notary law classes and mentored other professionals. Given my experience, and my desire to give back to the community, it made sense for me to sign up as a trainer for the AARP Fraud Watch Network so I could use my expertise to protect the elderly.

As much as volunteering with AARP is a good way to help our communities, it also makes good business sense. In fact, there are a number of reasons this is a good fit for mobile Notaries.

What Is The AARP Fraud Watch Network?

The AARP Fraud Watch Network offers information and resources that can help you protect yourself, your family, and other members of your community from identity theft, medical fraud and other scams. Although the organization is focused on helping individuals over 50, the information AARP provides is useful for anyone no matter what their age.

Notaries can sign up to become a volunteer through AARP’s website. Once you fill out the application, the organization will contact you to explain how the program works and initiate the training. The training process will vary depending on what state you are located in. In my case, AARP provided a mentor to help me become comfortable making fraud presentations. After I completed the training, I received presentation materials addressing a wide range of scams and fraud.

The Benefits Of Becoming An AARP Trainer

Being an AARP fraud trainer has been a rewarding experience that has helped me both personally and professionally. The following are some of the ways Notaries can benefit from the program:

Reinforcing our mission as Notaries. We are on the front lines of defense against identity theft. Since AARP is a leader in consumer protection and fraud prevention for the elderly, its mission is also our mission. Being a fraud trainer and a Notary is a good combination because of the shared goal of protecting the community against identity theft, medical identity fraud, investment fraud and more.

Establishing new relationships as a Notary. Doing AARP presentations at locations such as health care facilities has been a great way to help my community by educating residents and caregivers at those facilities. Also, in the event someone at these facilities needs a critical document such as a medical directive or power of attorney notarized, they know they can contact me for these services if needed.

Increasing knowledge that helps Notary business. When you become a fraud trainer, you receive information from AARP on the latest methods that scammers are using to defraud senior citizens. This information not only helps you as a trainer, but it can also be used in your Notary business to help protect your clients because you will know what to look for. You can let people know you are a fraud trainer volunteer on your website or Facebook page, and that way they will know that you are knowledgeable in the field of fraud prevention.

Improving public speaking skills. You don’t need to have a lot of experience in public speaking to be a good AARP fraud trainer. Once you become familiar with the information and watch how your mentor does presentations, your personal passion to help people will make it easier for you to speak in public. Speak from your heart and you’ll find that people will be engaged and responsive to the information you’re presenting. And remember, if you need help making your presentations, you can always ask your mentor questions. That’s what the mentor is there for.

Giving to the community. What I like the most about being an AARP fraud trainer is that I get the opportunity to make a connection with people and make a difference in their lives. I don’t like to see people being taken advantage of, especially seniors, so when members of the community attend my presentations and learn something new that benefits them, it makes me feel great about what I’m doing. 

About the author: Jamie Liggins of Shreveport, Louisiana, is a long-time mobile Notary and the NNA’s 2004 Notary of the Year.



22 Comments

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Rebecca Baker

29 Jul 2019

I want to become an AARP trainer.

Michael obrien

29 Jul 2019

How do i become certified and what is pay.

National Notary Association

30 Jul 2019

Hello. AARP is a volunteer position, not a paid job position.

dalston517@gmail.com

29 Jul 2019

How do I train to become an AARP fraud trainer?

Rosa Thomas

29 Jul 2019

This sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for the information. Becoming an AARP Fraud Trainer is something I am seriously considering.

sbmobilenotarized@gmail.com

29 Jul 2019

AARP fraud Prevention trainer

Sydney Paris

29 Jul 2019

Is it really necessary to enter this information to read the article?

National Notary Association

30 Jul 2019

Hello. If you are having difficulty accessing an article, please contact us at social@nationalnotary.org with a description of the issue and the type of device and browser you are using, and we will be happy to try and assist you.

Katrina Kennedy

29 Jul 2019

I would like to become Scam Watcher for the Elderly! I'm completely taken aback at the way the public scams our Seniors and take they little pension without any remorse.

Sydney Paris

29 Jul 2019

Third try to sign in and be able to read the article

MARIA CHAVEZ

29 Jul 2019

Would like further information about becoming a AARP Fraud Trainer. I am a Lending Manager and Notary. I also participate in Lunch and Learn programs in our community.

Heike B. Jones

29 Jul 2019

the article is not readable

National Notary Association

30 Jul 2019

Hello. If you are having difficulty accessing an article, please contact us at social@nationalnotary.org with a description of the issue and the type of device and browser you are using, and we will be happy to try and assist you.

Cassandra Willis

30 Jul 2019

I would like to sign us for Fraud training.

Katreena C Guggerty

31 Jul 2019

I went to the above listed website to look into a training program and found nothing on this website for training. Where can I find it

National Notary Association

31 Jul 2019

Hello. You can contact the AARP Volunteer Helpline at 1-866-740-7719 for assistance.

Raghu Y

31 Jul 2019

Good article. Unfortunately, it left out one crucial part - how does one become an AARP Fraud Trainer?

National Notary Association

31 Jul 2019

Hello. You can contact the AARP Volunteer Helpline at 1-866-740-7719 for assistance.

Jeannine Hayes

19 Aug 2019

Interested in information on these Elderly fraud trainer

Evelyn Clark

26 Aug 2019

How to become AARP fraud trainer. Please let know. Thanks

National Notary Association

27 Aug 2019

Hello. You may wish to contact your local AARP office about local training programs in your area. Please see here to start: https://www.aarp.org/states/

Celesino C. Lucero BS MBA CPA CFE CMM

06 Nov 2019

Sounds like a great opportunity to help my local area AARP market as we are constantly looking for traders in speakers on various topics

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