— that take your money and never send you the product, or worse, send you a product that could cause you harm. Also, be sure to read the fine print on prescription drug coupons you find online. You might discover your purchase won’t count toward your deductible, or that the coupon expires after a certain number of refills. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the …

— IMPORTANT NEWS! Attorney General Janet Mills requests all Mainers who were scammed out of money and asked to utilize Western Union as a payment method to contact her office as they may be eligible for restitution payments. Under a recent settlement with the federal government consumers may be eligible for some restitution if the payments were sent between 1/1/2004 and 1/19/17. In January, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement it made with Western Union that will require them to …

— Don’t fall for the jury duty scam. This is when you get a call, supposedly from the courthouse, claiming you failed to show up for jury duty and you face a fine or immediate arrest. The fraudster will typically demand the victim pay by wire transfer or a prepaid card. These forms of payment should always raise alarm bells. If you have questions about jury duty, contact the court clerk in the county where your service was to take place. …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these events?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account …

— Please join us!  AARP Maine and People’s United Bank are hosting an open house on Friday, March 24th from 11-1PM featuring special guest Maine Attorney General, The Honorable Janet Mills.  We are teaming up to fight fraud in Maine and we hope you will stop in at the People’s United Bank at 467 Congress Street in Portland. RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aarp-fraud-watch-network-with-maine-attorney-general-janet-mills-tickets-32539975944 **Parking at Elm Street Garage will be validated** **Refreshments will be served** The event will include demonstrations of a unique, interactive …

— 2017 started off with a bang. Our team of staff and volunteers has worked tirelessly to protect programs that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels. We implemented new programming in many communities in an effort to connect more directly with our members. We expanded our Age-Friendly Community Network to 30 communities across Maine and we continue to boast more age-friendly communities than any other state in the nation! As you will see, much of this year’s advocacy …

— If you buy products on Amazon.com, you are not necessarily buying from Amazon.com. In fact, Amazon.com connects buyers to a wide array of third party sellers. While most of these sellers are legitimate, beware of scam artists lurking in the marketplace. It’s likely a fraud if a seller asks you to make your purchase in a way other than through the Amazon.com website. Amazon.com guarantees purchases made from third party sellers as long as the purchase is made via the …

— They may pose as insurance company representatives or someone from Medicare or another federal agency. They will be on the hunt for personal information and money. Don’t fall for bogus requests to verify patient information, promises of refunds, or requests for payment of future premiums. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.

— Scammers are now trying to get people to pay for big-ticket items they buy online with Amazon gift cards. Posing as sellers, scammers claim they need to sell a car or other item fast. They may claim they are in the military and are about to deploy. They’ll tell you to pay with an Amazon gift card. This is a scam! Amazon gift cards can only be used to purchase goods on Amazon.com. If you share the code on the …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale offers lessons on avoiding scams and protecting against fraud and ID theft ONE NIGHT ONLY! AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades, will offer his expert knowledge to the general public at a free event at USM in Portland on April 20th.  Registration is required and we urge you to register early before we sell out. We are …