— Shumway to appear around 6:30 a.m. on Channel 5 Typing your last name and final six digits of your social security number into Equifax’s website is sort of like getting a sore tooth looked at by the dentist – you know you need to do it, but that bad news could lead to future pain. In this case less of a root canal and more identity theft. Your call on which is more painful. Tuesday morning, AARP Wyoming State Director …

— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— Residents whose homes require exterior repairs due to storm damage will be better protected from fraudulent contractors under a new law, which takes effect July 1. AARP Wyoming was one of several organizations that helped develop the legislation and encouraged lawmakers to pass it earlier this year. The law requires contractors soliciting exterior repair services to disclose the company’s full name and whether the business is licensed and insured. The contractor must itemize in writing which repairs will be done, …

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— An elder and vulnerable adults taskforce that included AARP Wyoming staff among its membership has finalized its work and has taken steps to advocate for changes that directly impact the state’s vulnerable and aging population. During the 2017 Legislative session, the taskforce recommended measures that would increase protections against exploitation and abuse. Specifically, passage of the Wyoming Uniform Power of Attorney Act, and increasing the duration of protective orders so that appropriate protective measures may be implemented. In addition to …

— Join us for a free shredding event! Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help. Bring any confidential documents to our Operation Stop Scams event, and we’ll shred them for free. It only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of headaches later on! Please only two bank boxes per person. Plastic, 3-ring binders, food or …

— AARP Wyoming to focus on retirement, caregiving and budget issues By Sam Shumway, State Director AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus said, “The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” Every day, the staff and volunteers at AARP Wyoming give of themselves to benefit others. Through tireless effort, we are able to contribute to Wyoming and its communities to help people 50+ and their families confront the challenges …

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— As federal regulators report a surge in tax-related fraud schemes, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to help protect consumers from the “IRS imposter scam.” Criminals impersonating agents of the Internal Revenue Service represent an escalating threat to taxpayers, according to the IRS. These con artists telephone people and tell them that they are in serious trouble for non-payment of back taxes. The targets are aggressively threatened with police arrest, court action, confiscation of property, or even …

— AARP Wyoming invites people attending the annual NIC Fest to stop by its booth at the vendor fair. The festival, which features more than 80 artists and bands, is hosted by the Nicolaysen Art Museum at 400 E. Collins St. in Casper. AARP staff and volunteers will be on-site June 26 and 27 to discuss the AARP Fraud Watch Network and to provide information on livable communities, caregiving and other topics of interest to Wyoming residents age 50-plus. In addition, …

— AARP Wyoming is sponsoring a free shredding event in Casper, WY, on June 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to help residents safely dispose of documents with personally identifiable information. Residents can drop off up to two boxes of papers to be shredded at the Natrona County Public Library, 307 E. 2nd St., in Casper for free. In addition, AARP staff will give two Fraud Watch Network presentations at the library to help people learn about scams and frauds and tips …