MANCHESTER >> Nearly 20 Million Americans fell victim to identity theft in 2015; even more were targeted by con-artists and scammers and suffered financial loss.

AARP Vermont Fraud Watch, in cooperation with the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, will distribute free scam and fraud prevention materials in front of the main entrance of the bookstore on Saturday, July 2. AARP volunteers will be present from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions, provide free literature and register individuals to receive Fraud Watch Network alerts and updates. All materials are free to all ages and there is no solicitation conducted.

Free materials include descriptions of the "Top 10 Scams" perpetrated against Vermonters in the past year. Descriptions of con artist techniques, information on dealing with identity theft are provided as well as computer and medical expense fraud assistance are available. Any person registering for Fraud Watch Network Alerts will be eligible to participate in an instant prize giveaway.