Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Season

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-17T15:50:09+00:00">November 17, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

WANT TO VOLUNTEER ONLY IN THE WINTER? By guest blogger Joan Jagolinzer Not spending the winter in Florida or other warmer locations?  Busy in the spring, summer and fall, but have free time in the winter. Consider volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide.   In addition to actual tax preparation, volunteers are needed to help with scheduling, to greet taxpayers as they arrive at our tax preparation locations, to help us set up our computers and printers, and to assist with a variety …

11/22 Scam Alert: Keep Your Social Security Number Safe!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-17T10:38:00+00:00">November 17, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-17T10:38:53+00:00">November 17, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

11/22 SCAM ALERT Don’t give out your Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who is on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number.  Likewise, beware of providing your number to anyone who asks for it by email. Scammers will send an email that appears to be from your bank …

Join Us in Augusta for Tuesdays at the Statehouse!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-14T16:06:00+00:00">November 14, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-14T16:06:36+00:00">November 14, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …

11/15 Scam Alert: Watch out for ACA Open Enrollment Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-14T15:00:00+00:00">November 14, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-31T11:47:47+00:00">October 31, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

11/15 SCAM ALERT Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs through December 15. That makes it prime time for scammers to try taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Be wary of phone or email solicitations selling cheap health insurance that claims to meet the federal requirements. If you bite, you may end up without a plan, and with a tax penalty for not having qualifying coverage. Your best bet is to enroll or re-enroll by visiting healthcare.gov, where you can …

11/8 Scam Alert: Beware Fake Charities to Support Veterans

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-07T15:00:00+00:00">November 7, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-31T11:44:43+00:00">October 31, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

11/8 SCAM ALERT Veterans Day is prime time for bogus charities that like to claim they are benefiting our nation’s veterans. Scammers often use sound-alike names (or invent authentic “organizations”) to solicit funds. Before donating, check the charity’s name and reputation at give.org or www.charitynavigator.org.  On Veterans Day let’s honor our veterans, and not line the pockets of scammers who use their name so disrespectfully.   Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

Congrats to AARP Maine 2017 Andrus Award Winners Bob and Carol MacDougall!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-02T12:16:35+00:00">November 2, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2017 Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628 AARP Maine Announces Winners of Annual Andrus Award for Community Service Honor Goes to Augusta Residents, Carol and Robert MacDougall PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today that two local champions of age-friendly community initiatives are the winners of the 2017 Andrus Award named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The Andrus Award celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives …

11/1 Scam Alert: Medicare Fraud

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-31T11:41:17+00:00">October 31, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

11/1 SCAM ALERT Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7th, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Don’t share your personal information from someone claiming to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), calling to “verify” your information. Need help with Medicare Open Enrollment? Contact your local Area Agency on Aging …

ACA Open Enrollment 11/1 – 12/15: 10 Things You Need to Know and How to Choose a Plan

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-30T11:43:00+00:00">October 30, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-01T11:51:25+00:00">November 1, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

  10 Things You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment and How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan Download our printable flyer!   When to apply: The marketplace open enrollment begins on Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Dec. 15, 2017.   Who should apply? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace (also called Obamacare) is where people who do not have health care coverage through their job or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, purchase health insurance. …

10/25 Scam Alert: Fake IRS and FBI Questionnaires

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-23T23:39:00+00:00">October 23, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-02T23:45:19+00:00">October 2, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

10/25 SCAM ALERT If you get an email from the IRS or FBI saying that you are “required” to complete a questionnaire regarding a new tax compliance law, click delete. It’s a fake and is intended to get you to click a link to said questionnaire. Once you do, you download “ransomware” which will hold the data on your computer hostage until you pay the thieves to unlock it. Report any ransomware attempt or attack to www.IC3.gov and forward any …

10/18: Scams in the Name of the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-16T23:33:00+00:00">October 16, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-02T23:38:27+00:00">October 2, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

10/18 SCAM ALERT A new scam in the name of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is cropping up across the country. Someone from the “Consumer Protection Agency” (which does not exist) will call to inform you you’ve won $450,000 as a second place winner in the Make-A-Wish Foundation Sweepstakes (which also does not exist). Guess what else doesn’t exist? The money! You’ll be asked to pay an upfront processing fee of $4,500. If you don’t have the cash, the caller will offer …