AARP Maine Hosts Their First Fraud Watch Network Scam Jam!

Posted on 05/21/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy It’s a sad fact that older Mainers are the primary target for financial exploitation. Millions of Americans continue to lose billions of dollars to scams and fraud, affecting people at any age. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen and it’s time we take action! AARP Maine’s Fraud Watch Network Scam Jam is your opportunity to learn about common scams and fraud and how you can avoid becoming a victim. This year’s keynote speaker will be the Maine Attorney General, …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 05/20/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy The end of tax season means fake debt collectors will begin making their rounds this month. These scammers are aggressive! Once they start demanding a wire transfer or credit card for payment ask for their name, company, address, phone number, and professional license number. Any legitimate agent will be more than willing to provide this information, so if the person tells you it’s not necessary or that they don’t have the information available, hang up and contact local authorities. Be …

Monthly Coffee Klatsch in Bangor!

Posted on 05/18/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Events | veterans As part of our effort to be in more Maine communities around the Pine Tree State, we’re announcing monthly coffee klatsches (German for a “social gathering”) in Bangor! If you’re in the area we hope you’ll join us. These informal social events are a chance for you to meet community members, neighbors and others over free coffee in your own town. Your first coffee is on us! Also, since June 6th is the 61st Anniversary of D-Day, we’ll be handing …

June is PRIDE Month: Join AARP at Local Events

Posted on 05/18/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Community | Events | Home & Family Respect and Dignity for All as We Age It is likely that all of us will face certain challenges as we age.  We may have to pare down our exercise routines, monitor our diets more carefully, modify our homes to make them more age-friendly, and someday even make other preparations for the long-term such as finding a suitable assisted living facility or nursing home. One thing we should always be able to count on is being treated with dignity and …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 05/13/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Caller ID spoofing is making its way to phones near you. Scammers have mastered calling people using a fake name and number that will pop up on your phone. The call will seem urgent, for example, it could concern something like an account that is about to be cancelled unless you immediately give your bank information or credit card number for payment. Never give out personal information via an incoming phone call; you never know who is actually on the …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 05/6/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy As May approaches with warm weather and sunshine, vacation scammers will be on the loose. If you’re looking to rent a condo, lakeside house, or beachfront place be aware of prices that are at below-market rates. Be safe and book through legitimate real estate websites or listing agents, stay clear of third party “renters” and never make any kind of payment via wire transfer. As the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true then it mostly likely is. Be a …