‘Tis the season to be wary

Posted on 12/10/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work While holiday shoppers open their wallets to spend more money, con artists are hard at work trying to find new ways to take it.  To help families protect themselves, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is highlighting three seasonal scams. 1.  Gift Card Scams Crooks grab gift cards from a rack, and quickly write down or scan the cards’ serial numbers. A few days later, they call the gift card phone number to find out how much money is on the …

ID Thieves Embrace New High-tech Tools as Consumers Fall Further Behind in Fight to Protect Their Identities

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work AARP News For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014 Contact:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 New report reveals Washingtonians are stuck in analog world as ID thieves go digital Washington – A new state survey shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes.  But the report, along with recent eye-opening interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Washingtonians are falling further behind in the …

Fight Fraud – Shred Instead! Free shredding and E-cycling events

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work Last year, 12.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft – that is one person victimized every 3 seconds.  That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding truck for free disposal on October 18. We’ll be at three locations in Tukwila, Everett and Federal Way from 9:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, October 18 (location details below). This is a shredding and electronics recycling event.  You can bring …

Medicare Open Enrollment Could Mean “Open Season” for Scams

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work Medicare Open Enrollment is just around the corner.  Beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) and Medicare Advantage plans from October 15 – December 7.   But while it’s open enrollment for beneficiaries, it’s also unfortunately open season for con-artists hoping to steal your personal and financial information.  In fact, American’s lose more than 60 billion dollars each year to Medicare fraud. Be on the lookout for Medicare fraud and follow these simple steps: •    Don’t give …

Sign up for SCAM JAM – September 9 in Spokane

Posted on 08/6/2014 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 …

Upcoming free events / Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work Do you remember the old saying, “A woman’s work is never done?” We would have to agree with it. You’ve worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras. But life’s still calling. Finding the time to focus on your future is particularly important for women, who generally have more years to cover in retirement with fewer resources. Join “Bankers Life and Casualty Company” and discover how you can better prepare for …