Gift Card Scams at Holiday Time

Posted on 12/16/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Money & Work By: Virginia Brant, AARP Arizona Interim State President Buying a gift card for someone during the holiday season can be a good option if you’re stumped on what to get them.  But scammers may also be targeting gift cards by siphoning them of their funds before they are gifted. Here’s how it works— scammers scan a store gift-card rack and access the number off the card. Once the card is actually activated, they drain the funds from the card before …

Holiday Scams to Watch Out for

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Money & Work With shoppers expected to spend $616.9 billion on gifts this holiday season, scammers are gearing up to rip off unsuspecting consumers. That’s why AARP Fraud Watch Network developed a free, online resource guide so families can protect themselves and those they love from holiday scams. The guide focuses on three common holiday scams: online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities. “Everyone knows that right now is the season of giving but for con artists it’s the season of …

Here’s Help to Avoid Getting Scammed

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Whether the perpetrator uses sugarcoated words or an intimidating shakedown, fraud is an unfortunate reality, and older people are frequently the targets. AARP Arizona’s Fraud Watch Network wants to prepare AARP members to be ready for a scam when it comes knocking. The network is hosting a luncheon seminar on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., featuring three fraud-prevention experts. They will cover how scam artists work and dissect various types of schemes, …

New AARP Report Profiles Most Likely Arizona Victims of Online Fraud

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Money & Work A new AARP study identifies an online victim profile based on 15 key behaviors and life experiences that increase a person’s vulnerability to online fraud. The report, “Caught in the Scammer’s Net,” surveyed over 11,000 people nationally and 962 in Arizona. According to the survey, over 818,000 Internet users in Arizona may be at increased risk of being victimized based on this new profile. The national study, which compared victims and non-victims, finds that it is the combination of online …

You Can Help Stop Scammers

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Miriam Davidson When an invitation arrived for author and essayist Nancy Mairs to lecture at King’s College London, she was pleased and excited. “I wanted it to be true,” said Mairs, 70, of Tucson. A near-quadriplegic from advanced multiple sclerosis, she examines disability and faith in her writings. Mairs and her husband, George, 73, exchanged several emails and phone calls with a “visiting professor” arranging a conference on “The Mystery of Life and Death.” The professor said the trip …

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Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work That’s how many Arizonans were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, almost 300,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.