Beware of Holiday Scams

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 62% of South Carolina consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” details AARP’s polling of South Carolina consumers regarding the most common holiday …

Nurses Seek Bigger Role in Primary Care

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Linda H. Lamb When Stephanie Burgess hears the expression “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem,” she has no doubt where she and other nurse practitioners fit into that scenario. The problem: the looming shortage of primary care physicians as the population gets older and the Affordable Care Act helps more people get health insurance. Part of the solution is an expanded role for nurse practitioners, according to Burgess and others who say South …

Savings Plan for Future College Students

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

College costs are growing faster than the rate of inflation, presenting huge bills for families—often when parents are trying to save for retirement. South Carolina’s Future Scholar 529 college savings program, administered by the Office of State Treasurer, offers a way to invest for a child’s education long before the money is needed. Contributions may be deducted from state taxes, and withdrawals are tax-free, provided the money is used for qualified education expenses. Parents, grandparents and others may contribute to …

SC Flood: See A Need, Meet A Need

Posted on 10/7/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

See a need, meet a need! South Carolina has experienced horrific and historical flooding. It’s heart breaking to see our friends, family and neighbors hurting and devastated. We are a proud state and know in difficult times, South Carolina becomes stronger and shows the nation what we are made of. Many of you have been asking, “What can I do?” There are many ways you can help with your time and resources. Here is some important information from AARP SC. …

AARP Fraud Watch Network Events

Posted on 10/1/2015 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Information on upcoming Fraud Watch Network Events in SC Spartanburg First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg, South Carolina Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:00 AM to noon REGISTER Kingstree Kingstree Recreation Center Kingstree, South Carolina Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:00 AM to noon REGISTER Florence Florence County Library 509 S. Dargan Street Florence, South Carolina Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET REGISTER    

Stay Ahead of Scams with Fraud Watch

Posted on 10/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Linda H. Lamb The woman on the phone was painfully embarrassed. She wouldn’t even give her name to Juliana Harris of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. She poured out a story about an online romance that turned out to be a fraud. To Harris, the details were all too familiar. “These romantic scams are difficult to hear about,” Harris said. “The woman got involved with a man online and ended up losing thousands of dollars. “Usually, the …