What Would You Like to Learn Today?

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Events | Local Resources New adventures in learning are available for Idahoans 50 and older in the Boise area, thanks to the New Knowledge Adventures program at Idaho State University and its collaboration with AARP and the Treasure Valley YMCA. The program offers education, exploration and fellowship in a noncompetitive environment. AARP Idaho is encouraging members to sign up for classes, which range from academic subjects to hands-on activities such as gardening, winemaking and recreational pastimes. The noncredit courses are mostly free and are …

Scammers Use Text Messages & Cellphones

Posted on 06/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Fraud | Technology Every day, about 45 million spam text messages are sent to North American cellphones. If you don’t have a text message plan, you’ll pay around 20 cents for each one you receive. The real cost comes if you respond to those messages. At least 70 percent of all cellphone text spam is designed to defraud you in some way.   Spam in text messages may try to guide you to shady websites that will install “malware” on your phone to …

Looking to Lower Your Debt or Repair Your Credit?

Posted on 06/22/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Finances 50+ | Money & Work How would you like to lower your monthly credit card and loan payments – guaranteed? It’s an appealing offer for anyone especially those struggling to pay their bills. With the rise of consumer debt, a growing number of companies are coming out of the woodwork claiming they can lower your interest rate or reduce the amount you owe. But beware! Some of these debt relief programs are scams run by con artists who can’t deliver on their promises. If you …

Idaho AG Announces Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Coalition

Posted on 06/12/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Fraud June 11, 2015 – A collection of nonprofits, advocacy groups and state government agencies committed to helping Idahoans learn about identity theft and prevent fraud are forming a new partnership, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Thursday. The 12-member coalition is now calling itself “The Idaho Scam Jam Alliance,” a title Wasden says demonstrates the commitment members have in arming Idahoans with the tools they need to protect themselves from con artists and cyber criminals. “I commend the Idaho Scam Jam …

You’re Invited to Idaho’s Largest Scam Jam

Posted on 06/10/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Events | Fraud | Local Resources Don’t be a Target or a Victim! AARP Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host the state’s largest fraud and identity theft conference June 20 on the campus of Boise State University. The Boise Scam Jam is a free, fun, educational and interactive forum where you can learn to avoid today’s scams and frauds while getting the tools you need to protect yourself and loved ones from con artists. Parking is also free in the Lincoln …

AARP Idaho Joins Petition Drive for Online Dating Sites to Crack Down on Fraud

Posted on 06/4/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Fraud | Money & Work With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Americans of an estimated $81 million per year, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network today called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP Idaho is inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the national campaign by signing an online petition.   Demonstrating the ease with which online dating con artists currently operate, the June/July edition of AARP The Magazine contains the compelling …