— Many of your state legislators return home after each week in Pierre to reconnect with their communities and to hear from members of their constituency.  AARP SD is one of the many groups who help to facilitate these conversations by sponsoring legislative coffees in cities across the state. We encourage you to take an opportunity to get to know your elected officials and to let your lawmakers know you are watching what happens in Pierre! Often hosted by your local Chamber of Commerce, …

South Dakota State Capitol in Winter

— Week 2 of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session is in the books and, as always, there is already a lot going on in Pierre. On Wednesday, the House Retirement Laws Committee debated four bills being proposed by the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS). House Bill (HB) 1016 revises the methodology for calculating the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for SDRS benefits.  This bill says if the SDRS if fully funded, the COLA payable is equal to the change of …

— Just last week, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley urged caution to those trying to sell a timeshare property and today the AARP Fraud Watch Network has issued a similar warning. Buying timeshare vacation properties used to be fraught with fraud risks. Now, there are additional risks when it comes time to sell. How It Works:   You receive a phone call from a company that claims to have a buyer for your timeshare property. The caller even gives you the …

— Are you looking for a part-time job? AARP can connect you with employers who are looking for workers aged 50+. Register today for our free Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work, Thursday, January 26th. It’s a live, online event starting at 10 a.m. CT/9 a.m. MT where you can upload a résumé, chat with hiring employers, and get tips to help you find a part-time job! You’ll have access to interactive webinar hosted by hiring employers and be able to play online …

protect yourself from fraud!

— South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released multiple warnings in the last few weeks alerting South Dakotans to new or renewed scams targeting our state. As you work, travel and give back, keep these scams in mind: Work at Home Scams – Targeted ads offer to help consumers start their own home-based businesses. After a payment for a start-up packet, the consumer receives a cashier’s check and is told to deposit it and wire some funds back to the scammer. …

— The cold of winter has arrived which means that Pierre is a hot bed of activity as the 2017 South Dakota legislative session has begun.  Once again, AARP South Dakota is in Pierre working for you. Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2017 session with the annual State of the State address followed by the State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday and the State of the Tribes address on Thursday. During his State of the State address, Governor Daugaard announced …

— Scam artists have been out in full force in 2016, relying on tried and true scams to bilk billions from unsuspecting victims. Here are some of the most frequently reported scams to the Fraud Watch Network hotline: Tech support scam – You get a call from Microsoft (or another tech company) saying your computer has a virus that can be fixed for a fee. Don’t pull out your credit card – simply hang up. Microsoft doesn’t make tech support calls. …

— Just in time for the holidays, crooks have come up with a credible-looking way to scam online shoppers. How it works:   You get an e-mail that appears to be from Amazon.com stating your recent order cannot be shipped. Claiming a problem with processing, the e-mail informs you that you won’t be able to access your account or place orders with Amazon until you confirm your information. A “click here” link leads to an authentic-looking Amazon web page to confirm …

— 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 …

Beware of holiday scams!

— 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 …