AARP Maine

Biography:

Jane Margesson has worked for AARP for over 20 years in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and now Maine. She is proud to work every day with a remarkable team that includes volunteers throughout the state who propel AARP's mission to improve the lives of all as we age.

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Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert 7/27: Try Our Scam-Tracking Map

Posted on 07/27/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

7/27 SCAM ALERT No matter where you live, fraud is never far away. But you can protect yourself by knowing what to watch out for with the AARP’s scam-tracking map.  Visit the interactive map, powered by Google, to find out about scams happening in your own community and across the country. If you suspect a scam, you can use the scam-tracking map’s keyword search to see if others have had the same experience. For example, a search for “IRS” pulls …

News Release: AARP Maine on Proposed Emera 8.3% Electricity Rate Increase

Posted on 07/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

 July 20, 2016         Contacts: Lori Parham AARP Maine State Director 400-1026 or lparham@aarp.org   Amy Gallant AARP Maine Advocacy Director 318-0284 or agallant@aarp.org   AARP Maine Comments on Proposed Emera 8.3% Electricity Rate Increase Finds Proposal Would Be Burdensome for Many Older Residents Already Struggling to Make Ends Meet   PORTLAND: AARP Maine issued comments today regarding Emera’s proposed electricity rate increase which would affect tens of thousands of Mainers in the mid to northernmost counties …

Free Shredding Events in Ellsworth, Auburn and Windham!

Posted on 07/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is collaborating with community partners, law enforcement, legislators and community leaders to host free shredding events and scam awareness workshops.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us on one or both days?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. Bring all sensitive paperwork …

Fraud Watch Wednesday 7/20: “Free” Trial Subscriptions or Products May Be Anything But!

Posted on 07/20/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

7/20 SCAM ALERT We’ve all seen famous TV personalities touting products and offering free trials. You accept a free trial or subscription, only to find out that you have to cancel once you have received the free item. When you don’t cancel, you receive more product and you’re stuck with the bill. Always read the fine print before accepting a free trial, or simply decline the offer. Keep an eye out for unauthorized charges on your credit card statement. If …

Fraud Watch Wednesday 7/13: Home Repair Scams

Posted on 07/13/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

The summer months are prime time for home repair scams. A common tactic is a “contractor” will come to your door and offer to do work on your home at a steep discount. He or she will likely demand payment upfront and then disappear. Or they will do the work but it will be shoddy, or they will demand more money to finish the job. To avoid home repair rip-offs, avoid working with contractors who contact you. Before you start …

Attn FairPoint Customers: Please Attend Meeting on Upcoming Changes to Landline Telephone Svc.

Posted on 07/8/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

Beginning in August, many FairPoint customers are going to see important changes in their landline telephone service as service is deregulated according to a new law passed in 2016.  If you are what is known as a POLR customer (Provider of Last Resort) it will be especially important for you to be aware of these changes. The changes can be confusing.  That is why AARP Maine worked to ensure that meetings would be held in each of the 22 communities …

Maine Where We Live More Livable – A New Book by Nancy LeaMond, AARP Exec. VP

Posted on 07/7/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

Making Where We Live More Livable From futuristic driverless cars to the traditional filling of potholes are featured among 100 livable community best practices in a new AARP book. The new take on potholes is bikability:  “If you think driving over a pothole is bad, try hitting one on a bike,” says San Diego Mayor Kevin Faluconer. Where We Live: Communities for All Ages is a compilation, in book form, of more than 100 innovative and inspirational ideas launched by …

Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert: Rental Rip-offs

Posted on 07/6/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

7/6 SCAM ALERT Beware of rental rip-offs this summer. Fraudsters steal photos and descriptions of properties from real estate, hotel or vacation rental websites and then clone the ads, but with discounted prices. After making the deal, the scammer asks the renter for upfront payment. It’s only later that the renter finds the rental isn’t available and may not even exist. Some tips for avoiding this scam: Never pay by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Don’t deal only by …

Fraud Fighter Workshops in Falmouth, Cumberland, Gray and Yarmouth

Posted on 07/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

How to Protect Yourself from Scams AARP Maine and Maine legislators are working to increase awareness of fraud and scams through in-district meetings.  Senator Cathy Breen is hosting a number of presentations in her district to make sure her constituents can recognize and prevent fraud and scams. Check below for specific dates and locations in your town. Falmouth, with Representative Teresa Pierce :  What: Fraud Fighter Workshop When: Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00am Where: Mason-motz community center         …

6/29 SCAM ALERT: Tricks Social Security Impostors Are Using To Scam You!

Posted on 06/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/jmargesson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Maine |

6/29 SCAM ALERT: Scammers are trying to get personal information by pretending to help with applications for Social Security disability benefits. Even if you haven’t started an application, you could be contacted. These fraudsters are taking a shot, hoping you have started an application, and that you’ll give them personal information when they call. They might ask you to give or confirm your Social Security number or bank account numbers. Don’t fall for it! Never give your Social Security number …