—   Tuesday, March 28, April 4:  LearnOn What’s the Good Word?  Best Use of Word on Your Computer, Metro State University AARP Discount 6 p.m.-8 p.m.– DENVER AARP members receive 15% off on the class.  This small and relaxed class will help you get fancier with “Word” on your computer – create tables, insert graphics, and explore other Word features that you may not know even existed!  All class is hands-on in a computer lab. AARP Members and their guests can access …

— Scammers posing as IRS agents or Treasury Department officials are continuing their deceptive ways. First and foremost, it is important to remember the IRS will first contact you through the mail. If you receive a phone call or suspicious email or text from the IRS, chances are it’s a scammer posing as an IRS agent. Are you still unsure? Here are some red flags that the call, email or text you received is not really the IRS: If the call …

— The internet is a wonderful place to stay in touch with friends, conduct business and get information. Scammers also really like the internet because it gives them access to the billions of people who are online every day. When you are online make sure to take proper precautions to keep your personal and financial information safe and avoid these common scams: Phishing: Scammers impersonate a business or federal agency to trick you into giving out personal or financial information. This …

— The holidays and the end of the year are upon us, which means it is time for giving. In a recent survey, the AARP Foundation ElderWatch found that while 80 percent of Coloradans give to charity, 46 percent of those who gave made contributions without verifying the legitimacy of the charity. Before you give, take these simple steps to ensure the money you are donating is going to the intended cause: Never give payment information to anyone calling you. Ask …

— ‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and since many people will purchase their holiday gifts online, this is a good time for some internet safety reminders. Here are some tips for protecting your personal and financial information while shopping online: Don’t share your banking information while using free public Wi-Fi or public computers. Only shop on secure sites that begin with “https” and/or display a padlock in your browser. Only shop with online merchants you are familiar with. If you …

— Identity thieves are lurking online, at your front door, over the phone and even searching through your garbage! Make sure to take precautionary steps to keep your identity safe. Here are 15 things that you can do today to help protect your identity: Shred all personal documents Take your Social Security card and Medicare card out of your wallet Create strong passwords for online accounts and change them regularly Make sure your smartphone has a passcode to access it Check …

— Survey by AARP Foundation ElderWatch Finds Four-out-of-Five Colorado Adults Have Donated to Charity, but only about Half are Properly Vetting Before Giving DENVER, CO –A recent survey by AARP Foundation ElderWatch found that close to 80 percent of Colorado adults ages 18 and older made a charitable donation in the last twelve months. Though many are giving, the survey also found that most consumers don’t know how to verify a charity’s legitimacy. “I encourage the many generous people in our …

— Did you receive a call from a “government” agency or other official-sounding entity claiming that you have qualified to receive a “free grant” to help pay your bills? Did the caller tell you that your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you’ll never have to pay the money back? Does this scenario sound too good to be true? It is! These “money-for-nothing” grant offers are scams designed to steal your personal information and your cash. Here’s …

— By Rachel Brand Sitting in a Denver call center, Joe Pells straps on a telemarketer’s headset and dials strangers from a marketing list. Most of the time, nobody answers. Often, Pells leaves a detailed message. When he gets through, people listen to him warily. The 88-year-old retired insurance salesman explains to them that each year, thousands of victims lose millions of dollars as a result of investment fraud. Unregistered salespeople target older people through phone calls, emails and free lunch …

—   Do you know how to recognize, refuse and report fraud? Do you know the top 5 areas of fraud? Join fraud specialists from AARP Foundation for an energetic, interactive presentation to answer these questions and test your consumer fraud knowledge.  Learn how to keep you and your loved ones’ hard earned money safe!   March 25, 10am-11am West Boulder Senior Center 909 Arapahoe St. Boulder, CO 80302   By the end of the session you will learn: How to …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new digital advertising campaign, featuring a new video and a tip sheet. The Association is also encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. AARP is warning Coloradans about two tax scams. An imposter scam occurs when a fraudster poses as an IRS agent and claims a person owes back taxes. In the identity theft scheme, thieves …