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— The holidays are a busy time, not just for consumers, but for con artists as well. To keep your wallet safe, tune in to a tele-town hall, which airs live on Thursday, Dec. 15, on South Dakota Public Broadcasting stations. The “South Dakota Focus” program begins at 8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT. State Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) and AARP Fraud Watch Network experts will discuss the latest scams, and viewers can call in to ask questions. In 2015, the …

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— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of fake smartphone shopping apps. Scam artists have found a new way to get at your hard earned money. They are creating fake shopping apps for iOS and Android phones that capture your payment information and then leave you holding the bag.  Both Apple and Google …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 2 pm CT Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— Phony calls, pop-up messages, the “blue screen of death.” Americans have lost over $1.5 billion to tech support scams. How It Works:   Tech support scams can take various forms: A scammer posing as an employee of a well-known tech company calls to say the victim’s computer is sending messages that it has a virus. A victim sees a pop-up message on his screen claiming viruses are attacking the device. The message includes a phone number to call for assistance. …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …

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— Hundreds of AARP members and guests in the Sioux Falls area are already looking forward to this year’s Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers on Dec. 17. The concert will feature the popular band, led by brothers Jeremy and Jon Hegg, known for its lush and rhythmic horn-band sound. Expect seasonal classics and some contemporary arrangements. A dessert reception for AARP members and guests will be held before the performance. “It has really become one of our premier events of …

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— November is National Family Caregivers Month, and AARP is hosting a Mall Walk for caregivers in Rapid City. South Dakota is home to roughly 84,000 family caregivers whose unpaid services are worth about $1 billion a year. Caregivers will gather at Rushmore Mall on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 a.m. to walk while sharing stories and tips with others facing similar challenges. AARP will be on hand with food, prizes and information about state resources for caregivers. For details about …

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— In the “how low can you go” category, scammers often target veterans – either directly with scams offering bogus support and services or indirectly through charity scams that closely mimic the names of legitimate organizations that help veterans and military families. Warn your loved ones of these top tricks: Bogus sales – A scammer claiming to be a deploying service member posts a large ticket item on a classified ad website that he needs to sell right away and at …