AARP Montana Presents “Outsmarting Scam Artists”

Posted on 03/25/2015 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Events AARP Montana Presents “Outsmarting Scam Artists” with a special focus on Staying Sharp AARP and host of experts conduct “how-to” workshop on staying sharp, spotting scams, avoiding fraud Staying sharp segment to help Montanans avoid becoming victims of fraud — New research suggests brain changes may increase risk  Free and Open to the Public – Free Lunch Served! In its ongoing efforts to fight investment fraud, AARP Montana is partnering with a coalition of crime prevention agencies to sponsor a …

You are invited! Free Welcome Reception Hosted by AARP Montana Launches the Governor’s Conference on Aging

Posted on 03/25/2015 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Caregiving | Events AARP teams up with Governor’s Conference on Aging to Highlight Caregiving Issues in Montana AARP Montana hosts “brain-health event” during wine and cheese welcome reception the evening of May 12 — Free and open to the public! AARP is teaming up with the Montana Office on Aging and a coalition of other groups focused on senior issues to sponsor the annual Governor’s Conference on Aging in Helena, May 12 – 14. The theme of this year’s event is “Insights into …

A Way to Extend Health Coverage to Uninsured

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | AGE-FRIENDLY | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP Montana is urging state legislators to extend health coverage to nearly 70,000 low-income residents. The proposed Healthy Montana Plan, backed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D), would be a privately managed system federally funded under the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility. “Montana has a rare opportunity to boost access to health care for thousands of hardworking, uninsured Montanans by adopting the governor’s Healthy Montana Plan,” said Tim Summers, AARP state director. The plan would bring $5.4 billion in …

Protect your heart, and your wallet. Tips to avoid Valentine’s Day scams.

Posted on 02/9/2015 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Money & Work As lovers and those looking for love prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network releases new tips on how you can protect yourself from scammers from taking aim at your heart and pocketbooks. Scamming thousands of men and women each year – most over age 40 – romance swindles consistently make Top Scams lists, including those of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). The average per-victim loss is $10,000, according to MoneyGram. Other Valentine’s Day cons include: …

Be Aware of Tax Identity Theft

Posted on 02/3/2015 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Money & Work Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen.  And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem.  To date, the IRS has identified around 15 million false tax returns alone. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness at www.aarp.org/scamalert.   The Warning Signs How do you know if you’re a victim of tax identity theft? If someone files …

Montana ties for spot 40 in identity theft complaints – Protect yourself

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Money & Work To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network launches an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video (see below), a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Montana tied with Kentucky at spot 40 in ID theft complaints. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the …