Attend Our Free “Operation Stop Scams” Shredding Events

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In recognition of national Money Smart Week®, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is hosting Operation Stop Scams, a series of nationwide events from April 14–May 16. In Massachusetts, AARP is offering two free shredding events, one in April and one in May. Details are below. In the U.S. every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents no longer needed is a good way for people to protect themselves from ID theft and fraud, and the AARP Fraud Watch …

Experiencing an AARP Movies for Grownups Event

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What follows is one man’s experience after attending an AARP Massachusetts Movies for Grownups event last month, during African American History Month. The film event included a special screening for AARP members and guests of the PBS American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, at AMC Loews Boston Common. Here are Josiah Brandt’s words.

AARP Local Discounts: ‘Circus 1903’ at the Boch Center in Boston

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AARP Massachusetts is pleased to offer local discounts to members and guests for tickets to Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus, at the Boch Center, from Wednesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 12. According to information on the Boch Center website, “The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.   “Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in …

Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill to Waive Fees for Credit Report Security Freeze

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Thank you for reaching out to state legislators on behalf of this new bill, which helps protect you, your family, and countless state residents  from ID theft! As we told you last month, AARP Massachusetts has filed legislation that would remove fees for credit report security freezes, to help Massachusetts residents save money and better protect themselves against identity (ID) theft and fraud. The legislative lead sponsors of this bill are state Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and state Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenberg). …

Legislators Line Up to Co-Sponsor Family Caregiver Tax Credit Legislation!

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Thank you for reaching out to state legislators on behalf of this new bill that supports family caregivers in the state! As we told you last month, AARP Massachusetts has filed legislation to help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. The lead sponsors of the legislation, officially known as “An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit,” (SD.1553/HD.610), are Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) and Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham). Sen. …

Fraud Watch Scam Alert: Work From Home

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Ads for jobs guaranteeing you will make a certain amount of money or that you can work from home are probably scams. If you respond to the ad, you’ll likely be asked to send money so you can either get the job, acquire more job listings, receive supplies to start a business at home, or obtain special “certification” that’s supposed to get you a job. If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. …

Fraud Watch Scam Alert: Romance Scams Break Hearts, Empty Wallets

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“Romance” scams netted criminals nearly $2 billion in 2016, with a new victim every 48 seconds. Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is conveniently working abroad, quickly builds a relationship with the targeted victim, exchanging photos, romantic messages, or even talking by phone. Then they will make a request: money needed for an emergency or maybe to plan an in-person visit. The target sends money, and then never hears from the love interest …

Volunteer With Our Boston Volunteer Network!

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If you’re in the greater Boston area, and whether you’ve been an AARP member for one year or for 20+ years, here’s your chance to learn more about what your AARP Massachusetts state office is planning locally in Boston — and how you can get involved! The AARP Massachusetts Boston Volunteer Network, formed in 2016, is thriving and has been bringing important content to residents of the city of Boston and its neighborhoods. We’re now looking for more volunteers to join …

Fraud Watch Scam Alert: Criminal Conviction Scams

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Here’s a new scam the AARP Fraud Watch Network has recently become aware of. A resident receives an official-looking letter from a law firm in her/his state, outlining a family member’s prior criminal conviction, describing the verdict, and then stating there is an outstanding fine or fee. The letter directs the resident to send a check to clear the expense. If you receive a letter like this, contact local law enforcement at once.   Be a fraud fighter! If you …

Join AARP in Telling Congress: ‘Keep the Promise of Medicare’

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At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated his commitment to prevent changes to Medicare.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on members of Congress to follow the president’s …