— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— AARP Maryland has teamed up with Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) to cosponsor a workshop on Thursday, June 15, to help Baltimore-area residents avoid financial abuse. In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh among the states in per capita complaints of fraud and identity theft filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Con artists often target people who have been building a nest egg for years. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center, …

— AARP Maryland and Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) invite Baltimore County area residents to learn about preventing elder abuse and take time to shred unneeded documents for free during an event on Thursday, June 15. The shred will take place as part of the BC-REST World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum. Register for free for this event! The event will be held at the Randallstown Community Center (3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD). The Forum time will be 9:30 …

— AARP Maryland volunteers make a real difference in the community every day, whether it’s through teaching community groups about fraud, advocating for caregivers, helping at a health fair or hosting a shredding event. You can chair an event committee or serve as a greeter — we need all of your talents! As a volunteer you are free to choose how much time you would like to give. Most volunteer from two to four hours a week, either on a regular …

— On Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, join AARP Maryland and the Baltimore County Department of Aging at the 2016 Baby Boomer and Senior Expo for the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. Under the theme, “Discover the Power of Age!”, more than 300 vendors and exhibiters delight, inform and inspire the thousands of older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals in attendance. Stop by and visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network exhibit for important information on how to protect yourself …

protect yourself from fraud!

— Guest Blogger and AARP Maryland volunteer Jim Gutman shares tips on how to spot and fight fraud. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are in Maryland when it comes to frauds and scams. Whether they come via e-mail or phone or some combination of the two, frauds targeting our bank accounts, credit cards and other personal information are proliferating. And even the most innocuous-seeming communication can contain the seeds for identity theft or worse if you’re not careful. As a semi-retired …

— Marylanders who visit the Power of Age Expo in Baltimore County can get a taste of the many pleasures that being 50-plus has to offer. There will be continuous entertainment, silent auctions, health screenings, a job fair and more. At the AARP Maryland booth, expo-goers can learn about a new state law that helps family caregivers, and how the AARP Fraud Watch Network can help them avoid scams. Maryland ranks ninth in the nation in fraud complaints per capita and …

— By Christopher J. Gearon Not long after retiring, Rose Hobson, of Forestville, got bored. She wanted to find something that she enjoyed and that allowed her to grow and “give back to the community.” Six years ago, she found the AARP Driver Safety program, and she is now an instructor and district coordinator for Prince George’s County. Hobson, 65, a former FBI communications security specialist, has not looked back. “Volunteering for AARP Maryland keeps me alive,” she said. In addition …

— AARP Maryland and Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) invite Baltimore County area residents to learn about preventing elder abuse and take time to shred unneeded documents for free during an event on Wednesday, June 15. The shred will take place as part of the BC-REST World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum. The event will be held at the Sollers Point Multipurpose Center at 320 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD. The shredding time will be 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To …

— By Christopher J. Gearon Beth Wiseman never believed she would fall for a scam—until one evening in 2005, when someone called her Pikesville home and claimed she owed $6,200. The caller for the phony collection agency told Wiseman, 76, she could settle a long-outstanding debt by sending $2,600, and even faxed what appeared to be official court documents threatening legal action. “That’s when I sent her the money,” Wiseman recalled recently. “Everything I said, she had an answer for.” Though …