Is your online sweetheart a scammer?

Posted on 02/9/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Money & Work As lovers and those looking for love prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network releases new tips on how you can protect yourself from scammers from taking aim at your heart and pocketbooks. Scamming thousands of men and women each year – most over age 40 – romance swindles consistently make Top Scams lists, including those of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). The average per-victim loss is $10,000, according to MoneyGram. Other Valentine’s Day cons include: …

Be Aware of Tax Identity Theft

Posted on 02/3/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Money & Work Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen.  And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem.  To date, the IRS has identified around 15 million false tax returns alone. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness at www.aarp.org/scamalert.   The Warning Signs How do you know if you’re a victim of tax identity theft? If someone files …

Idaho ranks 43 in identity theft complaints – Protect yourself

Posted on 01/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Money & Work To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network launches an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video (see below), a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Idaho ranks 43 in ID theft complaints. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by …

Tax-aide provides free tax assistance and preparation starting February 1st 2015

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

Money & Work | Volunteering AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Idaho through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In 2014, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 36,000 volunteers at more than 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained …

Tax Scams Right Around the Corner

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Local Resources | Money & Work Tax season will be soon upon us, and scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service officials continue to call, saying you owe taxes and better pay up. They threaten to arrest or deport people, revoke a license, or even shut down a business. How do they do it? By rigging caller ID information to appear as if the IRS is calling, and sometimes even making a follow-up call claiming to be the police or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Just remember, the …

Conference Offers Strategies to Help Family Caregivers

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

Events | Local Resources Southwest Idaho’s 4th Annual Family Caregiver Conference—titled Calm, Confident, Connected—is set for Jan. 31. AARP Idaho is cosponsoring the event, which provides information and support for people who help a loved one continue to live at home rather than moving into an institutional setting. Speakers will discuss practical strategies to help caregivers manage their multiple roles. Exhibitors will offer resources that can lighten the load. Many Idahoans depend on assistance from an unpaid family member, especially in rural areas where …