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Consumers Put Digital Convenience Ahead of Safety on Laptops and Mobile Devices

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Boise, ID—A new survey of internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, and the survey results indicate that thousands nationwide are engaging in activity that could put them squarely in the sights of hackers looking to steal their personal information. An AARP Fraud Watch Network report, “Convenience versus Security,” shows that among adults who access the Internet, a quarter (25%) use …

Celebrate the Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival’s 26th Anniversary

Posted on 07/17/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Join the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival in celebrating its 26thanniversary October 14 – 18, 2015.   AARP members and their guests (up to four per membership) will receive a 5% discount on five-day “All Events” tickets or an “All-Day” ticket when purchased online through July 31, 2015, and a 10% discount off the five-day “All Events” tickets or an “All Day”  ticket when purchased either online between August 01-October 2, 2015  (enter discount code: “SVJAZZ2015”) or in person at the event upon displaying their …

Valuing the Invaluable: New AARP Report on Caregiving

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Idaho Family Caregivers Provide $2.2 Billion In Unpaid Care According to AARP Study New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers  BOISE, ID — Family caregivers in Idaho provided 183 million hours of care—worth an estimated $2.2 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the …

Scammers Use Text Messages & Cellphones

Posted on 06/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Every day, about 45 million spam text messages are sent to North American cellphones. If you don’t have a text message plan, you’ll pay around 20 cents for each one you receive. The real cost comes if you respond to those messages. At least 70 percent of all cellphone text spam is designed to defraud you in some way.   Spam in text messages may try to guide you to shady websites that will install “malware” on your phone to …

Looking to Lower Your Debt or Repair Your Credit?

Posted on 06/22/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

How would you like to lower your monthly credit card and loan payments – guaranteed? It’s an appealing offer for anyone especially those struggling to pay their bills. With the rise of consumer debt, a growing number of companies are coming out of the woodwork claiming they can lower your interest rate or reduce the amount you owe. But beware! Some of these debt relief programs are scams run by con artists who can’t deliver on their promises. If you …

Idaho AG Announces Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Coalition

Posted on 06/12/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

June 11, 2015 – A collection of nonprofits, advocacy groups and state government agencies committed to helping Idahoans learn about identity theft and prevent fraud are forming a new partnership, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Thursday. The 12-member coalition is now calling itself “The Idaho Scam Jam Alliance,” a title Wasden says demonstrates the commitment members have in arming Idahoans with the tools they need to protect themselves from con artists and cyber criminals. “I commend the Idaho Scam Jam …