— Each year, the Federal Trade Commission releases a data book on scams as reported to the agency in the prior year. This year’s report shows that imposter scams are a serious and growing problem. These scams come in many varieties but work the same way. A scammer pretends to be someone trustworthy, like a government official or computer technician, to convince the consumer to send money. For those who lost money to this scam, the widest reported method of payment …

— Thanking Volunteers Across Maine: A message from Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Each year during the month of April, we honor volunteers across the country with a special week: National Volunteer Week.  In 2017, this celebratory week of April 23rd-29th offers a wonderful opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers in Maine.  If, as I am, you are lucky enough to work with volunteers, I hope you will join me as we celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing individuals. Dr. Martin …

— This week the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing for LD 1232, An Act to Require the Secretary of State to Automatically Register Nonregistered Persons Who are Qualified to Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Automatic voter registration does not replace the currently available voter registration system such as going to the City Clerk to register in person, registering through the mail or at the polls on Election Day. The bill provides an additional opportunity …

— April 20, 2017 Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Maine Hosts World Fraud Expert, Frank Abagnale, at Portland Scam Awareness Event 500+ residents, members of law enforcement, state agency reps attend PORTLAND:  AARP Maine held their largest scam awareness event to date this evening, designed to raise awareness about scams and fraud.  The featured speaker was Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., an expert on outsmarting con artists whose story was portrayed in the feature film …

— The Federal Trade Commission reports that the virtual child kidnapping scam has resurfaced. The scam begins with a call from someone claiming to have kidnapped a child in your family. The scammer demands money by wire transfer or prepaid card.  These calls are fake and law enforcement organizations, like the FBI, are aware of this type of scam. If you get a call like this, resist the urge to send money immediately, no matter how dramatic the story.  These scammers …

— We can all use a little refresher course to maximize our gadgets. Or maybe Cell Phone 101 to familiarize ourselves with the basics. Do you need help personalizing your smartphone, setting up e-mail, taking pictures and sending them, or FaceTiming with family members? Bring your phones, pads, and other confusing gadgets to the AARP Maine office on Friday, May 5th at 10:00am for a hands-on workshop to get to know your digital device. Tech experts will help you navigate through …

— This week at the State House included our bi-weekly Tuesday at the State House, testimony on six bills of interest, a very successful press conference and a legislative update at our monthly Bangor Coffee. Tuesday at the State House Two dozen AARP members proudly wore their red t-shirts at the State House this Tuesday, continuing our bi-weekly event to engage members with the legislative process. The day began with a line out the door and across the parking lot to …

— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) Hotline phone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam. Scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG Hotline employees and can alter the appearance of the caller ID to make it seem as if the call is coming from the HHS OIG Hotline, 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). The scammer will try to get personal information that can be used to steal money from the victim’s bank …

— This week at the State House included ongoing committee work, engrossed laws and the centennial of World War I. Ongoing Committee Work This week AARP submitted testimony in support of LD 1060, Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services To Convene a Cybersecurity Commission. The AARP Fraud Watch Network (FWN) provides free scam alerts, fraud tips and educational content including provides free online resources for consumers can test cyber security vulnerability for themselves or family members. A recent …

— On April 6, 1917 the Congress of the United States declared war and entered the Great War. A legislator from Dixfield rose in the State House of Representatives and said, “I was old enough to fight in the Civil War and I am young enough to fight again.” The Maine National Guard was called up and more than 32,000 Mainers served out of a population of 777,000. Over 1,000 Mainers would not return home. Earlier today this occasion was observed at the …