The Scarborough Public Library will offer a workshop to help people recognize common scams and what you can do to avoid them: How to Protect Yourself from Scams: Learn How to be a Fraud Fighter. AARP Maine and AARP Fraud Watch Network volunteer, and Scarborough resident, Don Taylor will offer useful resources and a fraud prevention guide in this hybrid program happening Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.

Scams and identity theft rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money every year. Scammers are smart, creative, and relentless, but there are simple steps each of us can take to protect ourselves and our families from these crimes. AARP is proud to be a leader in the fight to combat fraud everywhere, and right here in Maine, too. If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam!

For the Aug. 25 program, up to 15 participants can be in the Library’s meeting room with Don Taylor; additional participants can join virtually. Please indicate your preference – in person or Zoom – in the comment section of the online registration form available at To register by phone or for additional information, call 883-4723 option 4.

Don Taylor brings his expertise in Information Security to this AARP Fraud Watch Network presentation. Taylor grew up in Minnesota and began his career in the US Navy. He worked for a Department of Defense agency as a lead technology specialist and then Technology Chief for the agency’s Eastern District. Taylor transferred to and retired from the FBI. After retiring, he earned his certification as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and established a consulting corporation that was contracted to create a Network Operations and Security Center from the ground up. Don supervised that practice until his second retirement in 2011. His team was responsible for intrusion detection, social engineering fraud identification and reporting, and “white hat” hacking. He and his wife moved to her beloved Maine in 2014. Since then, Don has participated in various community organizations, including the Library’s Genealogy group. He is also the “technology guy” for the Scarborough Historical Society.

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