— What follows is a news release from New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, dated November 13, reprinted with permission. Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces a settlement between 24 states, including New Hampshire, and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution. The settlement resolves allegations that VietNow misrepresented its charitable programs to donors.  A receiver will be appointed to dissolve the organization.  The settlement includes an injunction order against VietNow’s directors and officers and …

— The following are Facebook links and Twitter handles for candidates in the 2017 Virginia General Election.  When posting questions for the candidates, please pose a question that all candidates for the office can answer, and make sure to tag AARP Virginia.  Find us at AARPVirginia on Facebook and @AARPVa on Twitter. Governor Ed Gillespie (R) —  Facebook: EdwardWGillespie Twitter: @EdWGillespie Cliff Hyra (L) — Facebook: CliffHyra Twitter: @CliffHyra Ralph Northam (D)– Facebook: Ralph.Northam Twitter: @RalphNortham Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) …

— What would you ask the next Governor of Virginia?  What do you want to know from the candidates before you cast your vote in November? You can ask your question and be in the know with #WW2K! Here’s what you need to do: 1. Write your question for the candidates on a whiteboard or a white piece of paper.  Make sure it is a question that ALL candidates for the office can answer. Avoid personal attacks on candidates, and do not …

— 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 …

— Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will speak on May 10 to thousands of AARP Idaho members to discuss fraud, identity theft and how to avoid becoming the next victim of a costly scam. The Attorney General’s Office is the leader in Idaho for enforcing the state’s consumer protection laws and helping educate citizens on avoiding fraud. Wasden will be joined by Brett DeLange, Chief of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and state director Lupe Wissel from AARP Idaho, which …

— IMPORTANT NEWS! Attorney General Janet Mills requests all Mainers who were scammed out of money and asked to utilize Western Union as a payment method to contact her office as they may be eligible for restitution payments. Under a recent settlement with the federal government consumers may be eligible for some restitution if the payments were sent between 1/1/2004 and 1/19/17. In January, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement it made with Western Union that will require them to …

— In just the past month, several elderly North Dakotans have fallen victim to the “grandparent” scam, each losing thousands of dollars to scam artists who pretended to be a grandchild supposedly in a dire situation and in desperate need of money. The grandparent scam is one of the common “imposter” scams that have been circulating in the state for several years, along with the Fake IRS call and the phony Sweepstakes/Lottery win. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued numerous warnings …

— By Thomas Ferraro Years ago, Marge Allen suffered a bee sting that triggered a severe allergic reaction that had her gasping for air while she was rushed to a hospital. “Scary,” she recalled. Allen now keeps within arm’s reach an EpiPen, an emergency injector packed with a medicine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, in case she gets stung again. “It gives me a sense of security,” said Allen, 89, of Clinton. “But I have a question: Why has the price …

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— Every day hundreds of Vermonters lose some of their hard-earned money to fraud. To strike back against scammers, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) is joining forces with AARP Vermont and the state Office of the Attorney General for a Scam Jam in Rutland on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Presenters will describe the latest scams and offer tips that consumers can use to protect themselves and their families. “The best defense against scammers is to be informed,” said Dave Reville, a spokesman …

—   Most fiction publishers would reject the saga of Kathleen Kane for being too unrealistic for fiction. The unhappy tale came to a close in Pennsylvania this week, as Attorney General Kane was convicted by a jury in Montgomery County on Monday evening. She was found guilty of nine counts of perjury, obstruction and other charges for orchestrating a leak of secret grand jury information to a Philadelphia newspaper with the aim of embarrassing a political foe. After lying about …