Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert 8/24: Don’t Let the “IRS” Fool You!

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8/24 SCAM ALERT The IRS scam has a new twist. A scammer will call, claiming to be from the IRS and that you will be arrested if you don’t pay back taxes immediately. The caller will tell you to buy an iTunes gift card and put the amount you owe on it. Then you are to call back and provide the 16-digit code that is on the card to complete your payment. The con artist then sells the codes on …

Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert 8/17: Is Public Wi-Fi Really Free?!

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8/17 SCAM ALERT Connecting to the Internet in a public space like a coffee shop, the library or an airport is a wonderful modern convenience, but it comes with significant risk.  Fraudsters have come up with a number of ways to steal information from you or attack your computer while you are on public Wi-Fi. It is never safe to assume any privacy on public Wi-Fi, even when prompted for a password. Keep your surfing safe when on public Wi-Fi …

Unwary Consumers at Rise of Identity Theft, Scams on Public Wi-Fi Networks

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  Survey Says Unwary Consumers at Risk on Public Wi-Fi Networks AARP Launches “Watch Your Wi-Fi” Campaign to Increase Consumer Awareness and Engage Businesses   PORTLAND – A new survey from AARP says busy consumers relying on the convenience of public wireless networks to keep up-to-date on email, social networks, shopping and even their finances often put their sensitive personal information at risk. The AARP Fraud Watch Network “Watch Your Wi-Fi” campaign was launched to educate Americans about Wi-Fi hazards …

Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert 8/10: Is Your Magazine Subscription Up For Renewal?

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8/10 SCAM ALERT How many of us remember when our magazine subscriptions are up for renewal? Most people can’t, and that’s where scammers step in. They are sending very realistic subscription renewal notices, typically offering a steep discount for renewing by a certain date. The subscriber sends in the money to renew the magazine, all for not. If you are unsure about when your subscriptions expire, you can find the date on the mailing label on your magazine. If you …

Internship Opportunity in Maine

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AARP Maine Communications and Advocacy Internship Opportunity The internship involves engagement initiatives directed toward AARP members, legislators, and the public.  This includes, but is not limited to, public relations, message design, and many written projects including press releases, Op-Eds, weekly columns, website features, legislative testimony letters to the editor and outreach through social media. Interns will gain valuable experience and work in a team environment.  They will also receive first-hand knowledge of how one of America’s largest non-profit organizations, dedicated …

Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert 8/3: How secure is Your Home Security System?

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8/3 SCAM ALERT Do you have a sign for a home security system in your yard? Then be wary of this summer scam. Fraudsters will hire college students to troll through neighborhoods looking for houses with security system signs in their yards. 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. …

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

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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

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 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!

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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 for one of these events?  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!

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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 …