— As severe weather begins to pop up across the northern plains, so do crafty con artists! The stormy summer months are prime time for home repair scams. The general ruse involves someone coming to your door and offering to do work on your home, typically at a steep discount, but never really delivering on the promise of ‘improvement’. How it Works:   A con artist representing themselves as a contractor comes to your door and claims to have just finished …

— Con artists don’t care how hard you’ve worked.  They steal billions from Americans like you every year!  But you can learn how to fight back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. AARP South Dakota is again teaming up with the South Dakota Attorney General’s office and the South Dakota Better Business Bureau to host free fraud fighting seminars across our state this summer.  These presentations contain valuable information about the way scammers think and how they target their victims.  We’ll  also …

— There are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP). But there are also a lot of bad players looking to bilk you out of your money. Just today South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released a statement warning consumers that winners of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes do not receive phone calls about their prizes. How it Works:   You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to pay a fee to collect your …

— AARP South Dakota is excited to congratulate our 2017 South Dakota Grandparent Essay Award Winner, Emma Vandenbark, a 5th grader from the Colome Consolidated School District. Emma was recognized at the South Dakota Retired School Personnel (SDRSP) Convention in Deadwood, SD on Wednesday, May 3. Emma’s winning essay was written about her grandmother, Trena Vandenbark, and the way she inspires those around her to be the best versions of themselves.  “[Grandma Trena] teaches me that being unique is wonderful and …

— The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reported that scammers are creating fake websites that look like known and trusted news sites to sell “brain booster” pills. How it Works:   Scammers use the fake sites to post bogus articles about the pills with endorsements from people like Stephen Hawking and Anderson Cooper (neither has endorsed any such product). The site then links you to the sales page for the “brain booster” pills where you can place an order with a …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— Under a new state law supported by AARP South Dakota, certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives will have more flexibility to serve patients in rural and underserved areas. Since 1979, these highly trained professionals have been allowed to provide care in South Dakota only with physician oversight, even when offering services for which they are trained and educated. The law will allow those who have completed 1,040 hours of practice with physicians or experienced nurse practitioners or certified nurse …

— AARP South Dakota is hosting shredding events across the state this month as part of Operation Stop Scams, a series of AARP events nationwide. The goal is to help residents safely dispose of outdated documents that may contain personal information. South Dakotans filed nearly 3,300 complaints of fraud and identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission in 2016 and across the nation, someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds.  Despite how common this crime has become, it’s one of the …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. MT Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. CT …