National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is Here

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by Kristin Keckeisen AARP Fraud Watch Network As part of National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are joining forces with federal agencies to highlight the dangers of tax identity theft and recovery steps for victims. To register for the free webinar on February 2 at 2 pm EST, click here. How it Works: Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information for a fraudulent refund or to earn wages. It can …

Protect Medicare and Keep it Strong

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At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress …

AARP Advocacy Monthly Newsletter–Focus on Medicare

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Your key Medicare questions, answered. Could Congress really take away my Medicare benefits? What would a voucher program mean for my savings? There are plenty of big questions about what the new Congress might do to Medicare – and how it could affect your bottom line, Laura Polacheck. AARP has the answers. Don’t miss our special Q&A on the 5 top questions about Medicare since the election!     How does Medicare work for you? Medicare’s ins-and-outs can be confusing …

A Look Back at the Scams of 2016

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from Kristen Keckeisen of the AARP Fraud Watch Network Scam artists have been out in full force in 2016, relying on tried and true scams to bilk billions from unsuspecting victims. Here are some of the most frequently reported scams to the Fraud Watch Network hotline: Tech support scam – You get a call from Microsoft (or another tech company) saying your computer has a virus that can be fixed for a fee. Don’t pull out your credit card – simply hang up. …

Avoid Holiday Scams this Season

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It’s the season of giving but con artists are taking–here are some tips from the AARP Fraud Watch Network on how to protect yourself from holiday scams: Check the charity: Before donating to a charity, make sure it is registered with the Secretary of State and ask how much of the money goes to the charitable fundraiser and how much goes to the charitable purpose. Skip the rack: Only purchase gift cards from reputable sources. Better yet, get them directly …

AARP Smart Driver Class Taught to Deaf Students

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In the first of its kind in the nation, an AARP Smart Driver course was taught to deaf students at the Sanderson Center in Taylorsville, Utah on Monday, November 14.  The Center reached out to AARP and requested that a class be taught there as a way to give older, deaf drivers a chance to refresh their driving skills. Never before has a class been taught with the assistance of sign language interpreters; the national AARP Driver Safety Program has referred people …

Top Scams Targeting Veterans

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  by Kristen Keckheisen, AARP Fraud Watch Network In the “how low can you go” category, scammers often target veterans – either in direct scams offering bogus services, or in charity scams that closely mimic the names of legitimate organizations helping veterans and military families. Warn your loved ones of these top tricks: Bogus sales – A scammer claiming to be a deploying service member posts a large ticket item on a classified ad website that he needs to sell …

SCAM ALERT: New IRS Imposter Scam is Coming Through the Mail

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  Are you a member of the AARP Fraud Watch Network yet?  If so, you should have already heard about this scam.  Don’t fall for it!  If you want to become a member of the Network, just click here  and enroll.  There’s no cost, and you don’t need to be an AARP member to join–it’s open to people of all ages.  Being an AARP Fraud Watch Network member means you’ll hear about scams in your area as well as be able …

Job Search and CAREversation Seminars Coming to Salt Lake City

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AARP Utah is pleased to announce that two popular seminars will be coming back to the Salt Lake City area!  Join our free interactive workshop, Job Search in the Digital Age, to discover the best websites and apps that can connect you to job resources.  You’ll also receive tips on how to network online and get noticed by hiring managers. If you’re a caregiver or may be one in the future, join us and connect with other family caregivers around the table …

Volunteer for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide to Help Utahns in Need

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AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during the tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for individuals at every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone …