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Posted on 06/11/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Fraud | Money & Work  Online romance scams are on the rise. Scammers set up fake profiles on dating sites and social networks in order to gain your trust and acquire sensitive information. They will pose as thoughtful, caring individuals with the hidden intent to scam you out of money. The FBI estimates that Americans lost $82 million to online dating fraud during the last six months of 2014. Losses from these scams rose 61% between 2011 and 2013, which is why it is important …

Fighting Fraud

Posted on 06/5/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Fraud Con artists will stop at nothing to get their hands on your hard earned money.  To help you fight fraud and keep your money where it belongs – in your pocket- we’ve teamed up with the South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley to bring you alerts about frauds and scams happening right here in South Dakota. Sign up to receive alerts via email, or call us at 1-866-542-8172 to receive monthly alerts via phone.  We’ll share timely tips and information …

Applications Accepted through July 1, 2015 for Elderly and Disabled Tax Credit

Posted on 06/4/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Press | Uncategorized AARP South Dakota is encouraging eligible senior citizens and disabled individuals to apply for an annual refund on their sales or property tax.   This once-a-year program is funded through an annual appropriation from the South Dakota Legislature which AARP South Dakota supports. “This tax refund provides tax relief to South Dakota’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Erik Nelson, associate state director for AARP South Dakota. “Many of our more elderly citizens have lived in their homes for a long time. As …

Task Force Aims to Stop Financial Exploitation

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Fraud | Home & Family | Money & Work This year state lawmakers unanimously approved legislation to establish a task force to study the prevalence and effects of elder abuse in South Dakota. David Gilbertson, chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, proposed the idea, and AARP South Dakota backed it. The 17-member task force—to be appointed by July 1—will recommend policies and legislation to reduce elder abuse, including financial exploitation. Specifically, the panel will target fraud, identity theft, misappropriation of assets and misuse of fiduciary authority. Officials …

Flock to the Birdcage for Canaries Baseball

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events AARP members in South Dakota who want to see the Sioux Falls Canaries play baseball June 26 can get a special deal: a game ticket and ballpark food for $15. The regular price for a seat plus food, such as hot dogs, chips and lemonade, would be about $30, said Rico Velazquez, sales director for the Canaries. AARP is the sponsor of the Canaries’ Friday night game against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The minor league game begins at 7:05 p.m. at …

Fraud Alert: Avoid Disaster Scams

Posted on 05/26/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Fraud Disasters can bring out the best in people—and the worst. As many prepare for, or recover from, destruction caused by storms, tornadoes – such as the recent Delmont, SD tornado, and floods—look out. After natural disasters, unlicensed contractors and scammers often come into affected areas promising quick repairs at discount prices. What does it look like? Commonly called “wildcatting”, supposed repair workers blitz impacted neighborhoods, hoping to ensnare frazzled homeowners. They may say something like, “We are really busy right …