7/26 Scam Alert: Beware What You Share on Public WiFi

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7/26 SCAM ALERT Using public Wi-Fi puts you at risk of sharing personal information with criminals.  If you’re on free public Wi-Fi at the gym, a hotel or a coffee shop, anyone else on that same network can tap into the information you’re transferring over the network. This means any bad guy can see what you’re doing, leaving passwords, usernames, and account numbers vulnerable. Stick to browsing the web and checking news when on public Wi-Fi. Avoid online banking, checking …

Senate Health Care Bill: What Mainers Need to Know

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SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS A VOTE ON THE BILL COULD TAKE PLACE AS EARLY AS MONDAY OR TUESDAY (JULY 24 or 25) SO PLEASE URGE SENATOR COLLINS TO STAND STRONG FOR MAINE AND VOTE NO: CALL 1-844-226-7032 Click here to see a message from our State Director, Lori Parham, on the impact of this legislation for Maine: https://www.facebook.com/AARPMaine/videos/10154414533941706/     After working behind closed doors, Senate leadership finally released their health care bill – The Better …

7/19 Scam Alert: Home Repair Scams

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7/19 SCAM ALERT We are in 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. Avoid working with contractors who contact you. Before you start any work, ask …

AARP Foundation Seeks Homeowners (age 50+) for Focus Groups on 7/24 in Lewiston and South Portland

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    Are you age 50+, a homeowner, and have an average household income of $40,000 or less? AARP Foundation is looking for your help!   AARP Foundation will be in Maine on July 24 to meet with local community members as they look to develop new programs that help assist older adults feel more secure financially and with their housing situation. In order to achieve this, AARP Foundation will be conducting focus groups (one hour) and 1-on-1 insight gathering interviews …

7/12 Scam Alert! Beware of Caller ID “Spoofing”

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7/12 SCAM ALERT Caller ID spoofing is making its way to phones near you. Scammers have mastered calling people using a fake name and number that will pop up on your phone. The call will seem urgent; for example, it could concern something like an account that is about to be cancelled unless you immediately give your bank information or credit card number for payment. Never give out personal information via an incoming phone call.  You never know who is …

Scam Alert 7/5: Home Security Summer Scam

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7/5 SCAM ALERT If you have a sign for a home security system in your yard, be wary of this summer scam. Fraudsters will hire college students to walk through neighborhoods looking for houses with security system signs. The student will tell the homeowner the security company is going out of business, and the student’s “company” is taking over the account. The homeowner is told she has to buy new equipment and sign a new contract. Only the equipment is …

Fake Website Scams! Scam Alert 6/28/17

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6/28 SCAM ALERT Scammers are creating fake websites that look like known and trusted news sites to sell “brain booster” pills. They post bogus articles about the pills with endorsements from people like Stephen Hawking and Anderson Cooper (neither has endorsed any such product). The site then links you to the sales page for the pills where you can place an order with a credit or debit card. The scammers claim the pills will lead to an increase in concentration …

AARP Maine Tele-Town Hall w/ US Senator Angus King on Health Care Reaches 10,000 Mainers

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  AARP Maine’s Live Tele-Town Hall with US Senator Angus King on Health Care Reveals Senate Bill’s Impact for Mainers 50+   Ten Thousand AARP Members Participate, Deep Concerns Raised   PORTLAND: Tonight, US Senator Angus King participated in a live AARP Maine-sponsored tele-town hall. The discussion focused on the newly-released Senate health care bill (The Better Care Reconciliation Act) and the impact the legislation could have on Mainers 50+.  Ten thousand AARP members from across the state joined the …

AARP Maine – Discussing the Issues You Care About on TV and Maine Radio

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Did you know?  AARP Maine is in the news every week talking about issues of concern to Mainers 50+, upcoming events and much more!  We talk about health care, caregiving in Maine, fun, social events, scam and fraud awareness, age-friendly communities and ways we can work together to bring positive initiatives to our state.   Tune in and let your friends know, too! RADIO: WLOB with Ray Richardson – First and Third Mondays at 8:30AM.  Broadcasts out of Portland. WZON with …

MAINE SURVEY: Health Care Proposals Deeply Unpopular Among Voters 50+

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    CONTACT: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Health Care Proposals Are Deeply Unpopular Among Maine’s Largest Voting Block   Large Majorities of Older Voters Across Party Lines Oppose the Age Tax, Removal of Pre-existing Condition Protections, Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid   PORTLAND — AARP Maine today released new survey data highlighting the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over  health care policies important to older Americans. “Health care is a deeply …