AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Education Effort to Foil Tax Identity Thieves

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

Money & Work To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the AARP Fraud Watch Network in conjunction with the education campaign to help prevent scammers …

AARP PA Hosts Financial Security Pre-Game with Philadelphia 76ers

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Money & Work AARP Pennsylvania hosted a pre-game event with the Philadelphia 76ers on November 19, 2014, for members, volunteers, and consumers interested in avoiding scams and frauds during the holiday season. Volunteer Richard Saunders of the Consumer Issues Task Force presented efforts of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and tips for consumers in the Hall of Fame Club at the Wells Fargo Center. Richard provided tips like as shredding all bank and credit card statements, not giving out vital personal information over the …

AARP Alerts Pennsylvanians to Ebola-Related Frauds and Scams

Posted on 10/31/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Money & Work As the nation becomes increasingly concerned about the Ebola virus, experts report more incidents of online scams preying on people’s fear and a desire to help. AARP Pennsylvania is taking the lead in alerting citizens to these scams and providing information to prevent consumer fraud, crimes that affected over fifty thousand Pennsylvanians in 2013. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat …

AARP Poll of Pennsylvania Likely 50+Voters Shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Money & Work AARP Poll of Pennsylvania Likely 50+Voters Shows “Anxiety Index” Voters Worry Secure Retirement Slipping Away, Want to Elect Candidates Who Address Economic Security AARP Pennsylvania today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them. Voters also want candidates to focus on improving financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. …

Task Force Targets Scams, Bad Deals, Cold Calls

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Hilary Appelman When Eileen Mazza retired as a manager at a gas company, she went to work part time for a law firm, helping find customers who might invest in trusts and annuities. But Mazza soon realized that many people couldn’t afford what her firm was selling. “People who’ve retired on maybe $80,000 and someone’s trying to take $5,000 for a trust—they don’t need that!” she said. “That’s not right.” Mazza started telling potential customers that these types of …

1.1 million

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

Money & Work That’s how many Pennsylvanians 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, 773,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.