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

Press 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 …

Lacey resident Named Top AARP State Official

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Press AARP has announced the appointment of Lacey resident Mike Tucker as the new volunteer AARP Washington State President.  In his role, Tucker will direct the organization’s activities on behalf of more than 920,000 Washington State members, and provide leadership in long-range planning to help meet the needs of the state’s older adults and their families. “I welcome the opportunity to work with Washington’s AARP volunteers and staff,” said Tucker.  “I plan to continue our efforts around consumer protection, health care …

Seattle Among Nation’s Most Walkable, But More Work Needed to Prevent Pedestrian Deaths

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Press For Immediate Release: May 20, 2014 Contact: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Report finds street design plays role in tragic deaths SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle region is among the safest regions in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 49 of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 375 people were killed while walking in the Seattle. The report, Dangerous …

New report reveals unique profile of most likely victims of online fraud – are you next?

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Press             For Immediate Release March 5, 2014 Contact: Jason Erskine 206-517-9345 office 206-604-7085 cell New report reveals unique profile of likely victims of online fraud– are you next? Nearly one-million Washington web surfers may be at high risk of victimization Seattle, WA – It all started when Jackie Swett’s computer starting acting up. She couldn’t log in to her email account and then a notice popped up on her screen offering to help. The 50-year-old …

Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places – Watch out for Romance Scams

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Press BBB, AGO and AARP Partner to Combat Romance Scams As more people go cyber to find love, Better Business Bureau—BBB, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office—AGO, and AARP warn of an uptick in reports of romance scams. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, romance scam victims lost more than $55 million in 2012. To combat this growing epidemic, consumer protection groups are spending Valentine’s Day warning singles about the dangers of “catfishing.” Online dating is big business in the …

Small Businesses Say Washingtonians Unprepared for Retirement, Believe State Needs to do More to Help

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Press The Small Business Majority released a new state poll today (Jan. 23) showing strong support for legislation designed to help Washington workers save for their future. Their news release and a copy of the poll are included below. AARP is strongly supporting the “Save Toward a Retirement Today” measaure or “STaRT.”  For more information, download AARP’s two-page fact sheet, or visit www.startwa.org.       SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY For immediate release: Jan. 23, 2014 CONTACT: Allison Abney | Media Relations …