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— 6/29 SCAM ALERT: Scammers are trying to get personal information by pretending to help with applications for Social Security disability benefits. Even if you haven’t started an application, you could be contacted. These fraudsters are taking a shot, hoping you have started an application, and that you’ll give them personal information when they call. They might ask you to give or confirm your Social Security number or bank account numbers. Don’t fall for it! Never give your Social Security number …

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— Every year, we ask for feedback about the policies that drive AARP’s work. Now is your chance to have your voice heard. Please click on the link below to give us your feedback by July 31. Give Us Your Feedback The AARP National Policy Council will review your comments and consider your input as they develop recommendations to update existing policies. These recommendations will then be presented to the AARP Board of Directors, which will make the final decision about changes …

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—   DATE 06/28/16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Amy Gallant (207) 318-0284 agallant@aarp.org Lori Parham (207) 400-1026 lparham@aarp.org   AARP Maine Attending PUC Community Meetings on Deregulation of Basic Landline Telephone Service in 22 Towns, Urges Outreach to Local Residents PORTLAND: Beginning in August, FairPoint customers in 22 of Maine’s most populous towns will start to see changes in their landline telephone service as new deregulation measures are rolled out.  The changes can be confusing. AARP Maine is working to ensure …

Lighten the Load Tech_BakiBG

— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

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—   June 24, 2016   Contact:          Amy Gallant (207) 318-0284 agallant@aarp.org Lori Parham (207) 400-1026 lparham@aarp.org     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   AARP Raises Concerns over Maine’s Threat to End the SNAP Food Nutrition Program   Portland: AARP Maine raised concerns today about the threat by the State of Maine to end the SNAP Nutrition Program. Nearly a quarter of SNAP recipients in Maine are seniors. “Threatening to eliminate this vital program scares seniors and other SNAP recipients who, undoubtedly, …

free wifi

— 6/22 SCAM ALERT: Using public Wi-Fi means you’re potentially sharing  personal information with criminals.  When you’re on free public Wi-Fi at the gym, a hotel or a coffee shop, the information you’re transferring between your device and the computer you’re accessing is easily tapped into by anyone who is on the same network. This means any bad guy can see what you’re doing. This leaves passwords, usernames, and account numbers vulnerable. Surf safely: stick to browsing the web, checking news, …

Olaf

— The summer solstice is upon us! The first official day of summer, the longest day and shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Our gardens are blooming with flowers- and with food not too far behind. Kids and grandkids are out of school and looking forward to summer plans with friends and family. Mainers are soaking up every moment of sunshine and welcoming visitors and tourists to our beaches, rivers, mountains, campgrounds, homes and communities across the state.   …

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— 6/15 SCAM ALERT: Getting calls from a debt collector? They might be fake if the person is trying to collect on a loan you don’t recognize, refuses to give you a mailing address or phone number, asks you for sensitive information, or uses threats to try to scare you into paying. Tell the caller you won’t discuss the debt unless you receive a written notice that includes the debt amount, the name of the creditor, and your rights under the …

Vote

— Don’t forgot to vote today! Candidate information: Click here for a complete list of candidates running for the State House of Representatives, and click here for a complete list of candidates running for the State Senate (click on the June 14th, 2016 Senate Primary list). Where do I vote? Visit the Maine Voter Information Lookup Service to find your polling location, current elected officials, and current candidates. This website also provides the name and contact information for your municipal clerk, …

Fraud Watch Network

— How to Protect Yourself from Scams presented by Senator Cathy Breen and Representative Teresa Pierce with AARP Maine What: Fraud Fighter Workshop When: Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00am Where: Mason-Motz Activity Center Falmouth Parks & Community Programs 190 Middle Road in Falmouth (corner of Middle Road/Rte 9 and Lunt Road) Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen.  Scams and identity theft rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money every year.  Scammers are smart, creative, and relentless, but there are simple …