AARP Fraud Watch Warns Residents about Tax ID Theft and Scams

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Money & Work As part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week (Jan. 26-30) the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help Connecticut residents protect against tax scams, and identify the everyday behaviors that could put them at increased risk of ID theft. The national education effort includes a new video and tip sheet to help residents protect themselves and their hard-earned money. “Fraud targeting taxpayers continues to run rampant nationwide,” says AARP Fraud Watch volunteer Byron Peterson. “Two tax-related scams …

Begin Your 2015 Journey of Discovery

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Money & Work – Article 3 in a 6-Part Series on Discovering Your Possibilities – By Kim Sirois Pita Welcome back to the third of a series of six articles focused on re-imagining your life. If you missed the earlier guest blogs, you can find article links at the end of this column. It’s that time of year to reflect on where we are, where we have been and where we are going. Many of us choose to improve our current situations or …

Lack of Savings: ‘There’s a Real Crisis’

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Natalie Missakian With a long career as a systems engineer at IBM, Marjorie Freeman always assumed she’d have a comfortable retirement. She paid into Social Security, took advantage of stock options and put money away in her 401(k). But when her son was diagnosed with autism in the 1990s, she cleaned out her savings, including stocks and her 401(k) account, to pay for his education and care. Today the 70-year-old Trumbull resident just gets by on Social Security, a …

AARP Statement on Final CL&P Rate Increase Decision

Posted on 12/17/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Money & Work AARP has released the statement below from John Erlingheuser, AARP Connecticut Advocacy Director, on the final CL&P Rate Request Decision by Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA): “While we are heartened by the fact that PURA took into account the vast public outcry in its decision to slash CL&P’s original rate request, we remain disappointed that the final decision still allows for a significant increase in the utilities fixed customer service charge.  AARP believes any increase in CL&P’s fixed customer …

Beware of These Common Holiday Scams

Posted on 12/12/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Money & Work With shoppers expected to spend $616.9 billion on holiday gifts this year, 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 highlights three of the more common holiday scams: online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities. “It’s the season of giving, but for con artists, it’s the season of taking,” said Byron …

AARP Member Discounts in Connecticut

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Money & Work AARP Connecticut has negotiated great local discounts on admission for area entertainment and attractions.  Be sure to bookmark this page and visit regularly to find out what current discounts are available.  New discounts will be added throughout the year.  Special restrictions apply, so please be sure to read all offer details before purchasing.  For information about AARP member discounts from exclusive merchants and national retailers, click here. JUST ADDED! The Bushnell 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 SPECIAL OFFER – OPENING NIGHT! Nice Work If …