— 7/19 SCAM ALERT We are in prime time for home repair scams. A common tactic is a “contractor” will come to your door and offer to do work on your home at a steep discount. He or she will likely demand payment upfront and then disappear. Or they will do the work but it will be shoddy, or they will demand more money to finish the job. Avoid working with contractors who contact you. Before you start any work, ask …

— IRS imposters are back at their old game – but this time, with a new twist. The IRS has reported that this current scam is being seen all across the country. How it Works:   Scammers call taxpayers to claim the IRS has already mailed them two certified letters about an outstanding tax bill, but the letters were returned as undeliverable. The scammer threatens immediate arrest unless the tax bill is paid using a prepaid debit card. The scammer falsely …

— When it comes to scams, knowledge is power. Con artists are finding new ways to take your money, so consumers need to keep up with the latest scams and learn how to protect yourself and your family. That’s why AARP Hawai‘i, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and other partners are presenting Scam Jam events on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island from August 9 to August 12. The events are free, but participants should pre-register at  http://bit.ly/aarpHIevents or by …

— 7/12 SCAM ALERT Caller ID spoofing is making its way to phones near you. Scammers have mastered calling people using a fake name and number that will pop up on your phone. The call will seem urgent; for example, it could concern something like an account that is about to be cancelled unless you immediately give your bank information or credit card number for payment. Never give out personal information via an incoming phone call.  You never know who is …

— Frank Abagnale—who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than 40 years—will offer tips on how to avoid identity theft on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Central Connecticut State University. He is a corporate consultant on cybercrime and AARP Fraud Watch Network ambassador. His remarks will cap off an event sponsored by AARP Connecticut. Abagnale was a successful scammer in his youth, posing as an airline pilot, attorney and doctor and cashing millions in bogus checks …

— 6/28 SCAM ALERT Scammers are creating fake websites that look like known and trusted news sites to sell “brain booster” pills. They 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 pills where you can place an order with a credit or debit card. The scammers claim the pills will lead to an increase in concentration …

— All are invited to attend one of three upcoming FREE shredding events, brought to you by AARP Massachusetts! According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, shredding remains one of the best ways to safely dispose of no-longer-needed confidential documents — which is a powerful deterrent against ID (identity) theft. The shredding events will take place in Revere on Friday, June 23, 2017; Charlestown on Tuesday, June 27, 2017; and Haverhill on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Complete details are below.   NOTE: For all three events, all shredding …

home repair fraud

— The 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 big discount. How it works: A con artist representing himself as a contractor comes to your door and claims he has just finished a job for a neighbor. Since he’s in the neighborhood, he’ll say, you can get work done at a steep discount. Only he will demand payment upfront, …

— Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Don’t let it be yours! Learn how to spot a scam and protect your personal information from falling into the hands of con artists. Join us for a three-part AARP Fraud Watch Network lunch and learn series at Baright Public Library starting July 13. There is no cost for these events but registration is required. You are invited to attend any or all of the sessions. A boxed lunch will be provided. The …

— 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 …