Scammers Exploiting Ebola Fears

Posted on 10/17/2014 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Local Resources Scammers prey on fears during the worst of circumstances – and the Ebola crisis is no different. Fraudsters are already using sleazy tactics to turn a quick buck. Watch out for: online offers for an Ebola cure or special “natural” or “dietary” methods to alleviate or prevent symptoms; email scams with alarming messages like “Ebola update” or “Ebola Pandemic” which may include links that release computer viruses; sales of “personal protection kits” at low prices to provide supposed “infection defense”; …

Three Events Aim to Prevent Fraud and Identity Theft in Idaho

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Local Resources National Crime Prevention Month is the backdrop for three FREE Idaho Scam Jams in October. Presenters will describe the latest scams and offer tips on how to recognize a con artist, guard against identity theft and report Medicare fraud. AARP Idaho is hosting the events in cooperation with several state agencies, including the Office of Attorney General, Departments of Finance and Insurance, and Commission on Aging, as well as the Better Business Bureau and local police. Scammers often prey on …

Reaching Out to Help Veterans and Their Families

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources AARP Idaho will reach out to military veterans and their families at the North Idaho Veteran Stand Down on May 10. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with other agencies and nonprofit organizations, Stand Down provides services such as food, shelter, clothing and health screenings for veterans in need. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. Attendees can visit the AARP booth for information about …

Popular Scam Jam Coming to Rupert

Posted on 04/25/2014 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Local Resources AARP Idaho is co-sponsoring a free Scam Jam in Rupert, Idaho at the Wilson Theater. The event takes place Wednesday, May 7 from 9:00am until 3:45pm and includes a free lunch with keynote speaker Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. William “Bill” Deal, Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance will discuss the Affordable Care Act, and Idaho Senator Dean Cameron. Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money every year. According to the latest …

Embrace a Hobby, Go Back to Class

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

Local Resources In cooperation with the College of Southern Idaho, AARP Idaho is offering opportunities for lifelong learning to residents of the Twin Falls and Magic Valley areas. Anyone can sign up for the free classes, which run March 24-28 on the college campus. Subjects range from fly-fishing and tours of local businesses to home weatherization and card games. “These informal classes give people a way to share their knowledge and hobbies in a fun social setting,” said Mark Estess, AARP state …

AARP Fights ID Theft and Fraud in Idaho

Posted on 01/13/2014 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Local Resources AARP is mounting a local campaign to fight identity theft and fraud through its Fraud Watch Network. Identity theft and other forms of fraud pose a serious threat in Idaho. Frauds and scams cause billions in loses every year. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is designed to give Idahoans access to information to help protect them and their families from theft and fraud. It’s free and open to everyone – members, non-members and people of all ages – and it …