Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert 9/28: Do You Track Your Spendings After a purchase?

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9/28 SCAM ALERT It’s important to pay attention to your credit card bill after making a purchase online or over the phone. Unsuspecting consumers may find that the retailer has tacked on a few more items, in the hopes of going unnoticed. If you contact your credit card company soon after the bogus charge appears, the company will remove the charge. But if you don’t notice until after the charge has been paid, you could have a job on your …

Fraud Watch Wednesday 9/21: Think You Won a Prize…Think Again!

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9/21 SCAM ALERT While there are plenty of contests run by reputable organizations, there is also a lot of fraud. Every day, people lose thousands of dollars to prize scams. Know it’s a scam if you have to pay “taxes,” “shipping and handling charges,” or “processing fees” to get your prize. Another red flag is if you’re asked for a credit card number or your checking account number. Also, if a prize notice was sent by bulk rate, that means …

Social Security of Great Significance to Women, Particularly Those with Employment Gaps

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Social Security was signed into law more than 80 years ago on August 14th and, as we celebrate its 81st birthday, it is important to consider how crucial this program is to all Mainers, particularly to Maine women. At the time of its passage in 1935, almost half of older Americans lived in poverty.  While first simply a retirement program, today, Social Security offers survivors’ benefits, benefits to a retiree’s spouse, and disability benefits. Social Security is the foundation of …

Join us for coffee or a beer…on us!

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Join us!  Have a beer or coffee on us. Meet us at one of our On-Tap and Coffee events in Augusta, Bangor, or Portland and find out what AARP is doing in your community. Email me@aarp.org to RSVP to any of these events. Augusta Coffee 8:00–10:00 a.m. | Sept. 21 & Oct. 19 Lisa’s Restaurant, 15 Bangor Street, Augusta 8:00–10:00 a.m. | Nov. 16 Cony Flatiron Senior Residence, 1 10 Cony Street, Augusta Bangor On-Tap and Coffee 4:30–7:00 p.m. | Sept. 15, Oct. 13, …

Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert 9/14: Are Telemarketers Trying to Steal Your Money?

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9/14 SCAM ALERT If a telemarketer ever asks you to pay for something by wire transfer or by providing a PIN to a cash reload card, hang up because it is most certainly a fraud. New rules from the Federal Trade Commission bar this activity. Now, prohibiting it doesn’t mean scammers won’t try to convince you to pay this way, but if they do, know that it’s a violation of the law. Hang up and then report it at www.ftc.gov/complaint. …

Our Annual Day of Service Brings AARP Maine to Preble Street

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Our Annual Day of Service Brings AARP Maine to Preble Street For 15 years, AARP staff and volunteers around the country have responded to the tragic events of September 11 by volunteering in our communities. Each year on September 11th, every AARP office across the country closes its doors and we all participate in a Day of Service, donating a full work day to a designated project in our own communities.  Here in Maine, as we have in years past, our …

Fraud Watch Wednesday 9/7: Grandparents Day Scam Alert!

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 9/7 SCAM ALERT In honor of Grandparents Day, this is a warning that the distress call you get from a grandchild could be a scam. A con artist will call or e-mail in a desperate state, pretending to be your grandchild. She may even know family member names. She will ask you to wire her money to fix her car, buy a plane ticket, or get out of jail, or some other made up reason. If you get a call …

Connecting Health and Housing: A Regional Forum in Portland, Maine

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 Great event coming up in Portland featuring AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham, as a panel moderator! Connecting Health and Housing: A Regional Forum in Portland, Maine  Friday, September 23, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET Add to calendar Join the conversation on Twitter: #BPClive The nation’s population of older adults is set to grow exponentially, with the number of Americans over 65 expected to increase by 18 million in just the next decade. Maine is at the forefront …

Favorite Vegetarian Recipes for the Outdoor Grill Enthusiast!

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The Labor Day weekend is often a great time for families to get together for cookouts and fun activities.  Our own Amy Gallant has chosen three of her favorite vegetarian recipes just for you!  Give them a try and let us know via Facebook how they turn out! Balsamic marinated tempeh- select your preferred tempeh (I choose the original because it’s gluten free). Cut into sections- squares, triangles, or keep whole. Mix together 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil …

Letter from Lori Parham

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Greetings from your friends at AARP Maine! As we look to the fall, we are excited to share some updates as well as upcoming opportunities with you. In this issue of the e-newsletter you’ll learn more about AARP’s Take A Stand campaign. Across the country we are asking congressional and presidential candidates to Take A Stand on Social Security- we need bold leadership to shore up this important program for the long-term. Here in Maine, thousands of seniors rely on …