AARP Fraud Watch Warns Residents about Tax ID Theft and Scams

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

Press 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 …

Residents Age 50+ Support Oversights, Protections for All Telecommunications Customers

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Press As the telecommunications industry transitions from traditional copper-wire phone service to new technologies, an AARP survey finds support among residents age 50+ for the state to continue its regulatory oversight of the industry in Connecticut, and ensure basic consumer protections for all customers, regardless of what technology is used. READ: AARP Statement on FCC Proposed Rule on Next-Generation Telephone Networks The survey of 800 Connecticut residents age 50 and older found that nearly all of those surveyed (96%) still maintain landline …

AARP Connecticut 2015 Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Press AARP Connecticut has announced its 2015 legislative advocacy agenda of key issues critical to residents 50 and older.  AARP priorities in 2015 will focus on policies that support family caregivers, allow individuals to remain independent at home, increase protections for utility consumers and enhance retirement security. “With nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, AARP is the state’s largest advocacy organization looking out for the interests of individuals age 50 and older – a responsibility we take very seriously,” said AARP State …

Governor Malloy, State Legislators Make First Capitol Caregivers List

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Press Every day, more than 700,000 Connecticut residents perform a great labor of love, caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can stay at home—where they want to be—and out of costly institutions. Four elected officials in Connecticut went above and beyond this year to provide a little bit of help for family caregivers by championing a law that removes barriers to full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses. To recognize their work to support family …

AARP Statement on Final CL&P Rate Increase Decision

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

Press 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

Press 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 …