— All are invited to a free shredding event, brought to you by AARP Massachusetts! According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, shredding remains one of the best ways to safely dispose of no-longer-needed confidential documents — which is a powerful deterrent against ID (identity) theft. Our next shredding event takes place in Hudson on Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , 2017. Complete details are below.   All shredding is done onsite by New England Security Shredders. Please limit your shredding to 3 boxes. This event is free …

—   NEW ACTION ALERT! As we announced earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is supporting legislation that would remove fees to place or remove a credit report security freeze, which is an easy way Massachusetts residents can help protect themselves from identity (ID) theft and fraud. When we issued an Action Alert, asking you to contact your legislators to urge them to sign on as sponsors of this legislation, you did so with great results! The legislation has been filed in both …

— All are invited to attend one of three upcoming FREE shredding events, brought to you by AARP Massachusetts! According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, shredding remains one of the best ways to safely dispose of no-longer-needed confidential documents — which is a powerful deterrent against ID (identity) theft. The shredding events will take place in Revere on Friday, June 23, 2017; Charlestown on Tuesday, June 27, 2017; and Haverhill on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Complete details are below.   NOTE: For all three events, all shredding …

— AARP Massachusetts brings you news about scams involving summertime door-to-door home repair scams; auto repair complaints; prize scams; and a free, downloadable publication called “Avoiding Tech Support Scams” from AARP and the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit.   Read more and take heed! Avoiding Tech Support Scams AARP and Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit have come out with a new booklet called “Avoiding Tech Support Scams.”  If you have not experienced a tech support scam yet, chances are you know someone who has.  According …

— AARP Massachusetts brings you news about scams involving summer travel “front-desk” fraud; “brain-boosting” pills; coin scams; fraudulent debt collectors; the dangers of unsecured public wifi; and scammers offering to “help” with applications for Social Security disability benefits.  Read more and take heed! Summer Travel ‘Front-Desk’ Scams Planning to travel this summer?  Don’t let scammers ruin your vacation. One way thieves are preying on travelers is through front-desk fraud. How it Works: Hotel guests receive a call in the middle of the …

— AARP Massachusetts brings you news about scams involving IRS debt collection, the “Can You Hear Me?” scam, ongoing tech support scams, those at risk for investment fraud, and scammers preying on those receiving new Medicare cards. Read more and take heed! IRS Announces Use of Private Debt Collectors The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now working with private debt collection agencies to recover unpaid tax debts. Scammers could attempt to capitalize on potential confusion created by this new development. Here’s …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” —a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, including Massachusetts, in recognition of  Money Smart Week, April 22-29. Money Smart Week is a collaboration between thousands of organizations across the United States that offer financial education programs, classes, and activities. AARP state offices plan to sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Friday, April 14, …

— By Jill Gambon Dennis Hohengasser’s home computer had a virus and he worried he might lose files. A hasty internet search for Micro­soft tech support turned up a long list of links, so he clicked on the one at the top. But instead of reaching Microsoft, he ended up contacting a business that preyed on people seeking computer help. “I just wanted them to fix it,” said Hohengasser, 67, a retired training and staff development professional from Taunton. He gave …

— In recognition of national Money Smart Week®, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is hosting Operation Stop Scams, a series of nationwide events from April 14–May 16. In Massachusetts, AARP is offering two free shredding events, one in April and one in May. Details are below. In the U.S. every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents no longer needed is a good way for people to protect themselves from ID theft and fraud, and the AARP Fraud Watch …