AARP Foundation offers free “Finances 50+” workshop in Lacey

Posted on 07/27/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work                 The AARP Foundation and the Charles Schwab Foundation are working together to offer the “Finances 50+” workshop designed to help older adults who are concerned about their financial security. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by not enough money to go around, or simply hoping to save more toward a comfortable retirement, this program offers assistance in setting and achieving goals. The free course is offered as a multi-part series where participants will learn …

Attention Veterans – Beware Pension Poachers

Posted on 07/7/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work There is a growing scheme in our country, aimed at the people who served it, veterans. Pensions poachers are becoming more prevalent. Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs have issued recent warnings. The scheme involves unscrupulous financial planners or insurance agents claiming to be veteran advocates. The poachers convince veterans to reposition their assets to try to qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, which has specific and strict qualifications. The poachers then sell veterans …

Sign up for SCAM JAM – September 9 in Spokane

Posted on 07/6/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work                 Scam artists are targeting you and the people you care about Learn how to fight back and spot the cons before they spot you Whether it’s over the phone, through the mail, online or even at your doorstep, con-artists are coming up with new and devious ways to scam you and your loved ones. Millions are lost each day to cons like foreign lottery fraud, bogus investment schemes, and online scams designed …

The Vision: A Retirement Plan for All

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Vanessa Ho When Mark Mullet opened a pizzeria and an ice cream shop a few years ago, he wanted his employees to have a retirement savings plan like he’d had at his former banking jobs. Many of his staffers had been working for years, but had put away little. Every plan he looked at, however, was costly and difficult to set up. “It’s an expensive, painful and onerous process,” said Mullet, whose Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s are …

Don’t Fall for the Grandparent’s Scam

Posted on 05/27/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work It’s a scam that hurts both financially and emotionally. Someone calls an elderly individual pretending to be his or her grandchild. They say they’re overseas, that there’s been an emergency and they need money immediately. Far too often, the unsuspecting grandparent rushes to help by wiring the money and the scammer picks it up, never to be heard from again. There are a few clues to watch out for if you think you’re being scammed: You must wire the money. …

Fraud Watch Alert – beware of consumer rip-offs by mudslide charity scams

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work As donors consider contributing to relief efforts for the Snohomish County mudslide tragedy, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are urging consumers to be on guard against scam artists who try to take advantage of the situation. The officials joined forces with the Better Business Bureau in reminding consumers that rip-off artists follow news coverage of natural disasters like this one and swoop in under the guise of helping victims, but end up victimizing the well-intended …