Everyday Behaviors Put Washingtonians at Greater Risk of Tax ID Theft

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work Everyday Behaviors Put Washingtonians at Greater Risk of Tax ID Theft IRS Imposter Scam Also Making the Rounds in Washington It’s tax season for consumers, but also open season for scam artists. The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Washington State ranks 25th in the nation in ID theft complaints, and some everyday behaviors are putting …

Fraud Fighters Reach Out to Warn People of Identity Theft

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Dana E. Neuts Last March, Leo Madden, of Seattle, discovered that the IRS had received a tax return from someone claiming to be him, requesting a refund. Madden, 82, was one of more than 1,000 victims of identity theft whose personal information was stolen from the Seattle Archdiocese in a data breach last spring. The thief did not get a refund but was never identified. Nor was it ever definitively established how the breach occurred. Madden, who volunteers for …

‘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 …