— Don’t fall for the jury duty scam. This is when you get a call, supposedly from the courthouse, claiming you failed to show up for jury duty and you face a fine or immediate arrest. The fraudster will typically demand the victim pay by wire transfer or a prepaid card. These forms of payment should always raise alarm bells. If you have questions about jury duty, contact the court clerk in the county where your service was to take place. …

— Join AARP Colorado for its free Financial Resilience seminar in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood on Tuesday April 25 to discuss how to get the most out of your retirement savings. (Please bring your adult children and grandchildren. This information is important for all ages.) Whether you are still working, or getting ready to collect Social Security, we introduce you to the tools to help you calculate what you have and what you’ll need. We also help you find real advice about collecting your …

— A utility scam is reaching record levels in some parts of the country this season. Fraudsters call homeowners, claiming that their gas or electric account is delinquent and threaten to shut off the service if payment is not immediate. The scammers typically ask for payment with a prepaid debit card. While more consumers are recognizing this as a scam, the callers can be very convincing. Know that your utility company will not call and threaten to shut off your service, …

— When AARP volunteer Laurie Kaneshiro brought her mother home to Hawaii to take care of her, she had no idea what was ahead and how much it would cost. “I was used to working 14 to 16 hours a day,” she said. But when her mother, who suffered from dementia and other ailments, came to live with her, Kaneshiro found herself needing to take time off at work to make sure her mother was eating and didn’t fall and hurt …

— Everyone dreams about retirement. But how many people are actually planning for it? AARP Hawaii is holding a “Think of Your Future” workshop at the Pearl City Public Library on Sunday, March 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. The following sessions are …

— If you buy products on Amazon.com, you are not necessarily buying from Amazon.com. In fact, Amazon.com connects buyers to a wide array of third party sellers. While most of these sellers are legitimate, beware of scam artists lurking in the marketplace. It’s likely a fraud if a seller asks you to make your purchase in a way other than through the Amazon.com website. Amazon.com guarantees purchases made from third party sellers as long as the purchase is made via the …

— They may pose as insurance company representatives or someone from Medicare or another federal agency. They will be on the hunt for personal information and money. Don’t fall for bogus requests to verify patient information, promises of refunds, or requests for payment of future premiums. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.

— Meet Jan Lindsey for brunch on Tuesday, April 11, and you can help advocate for stronger policies for older Arizonans. Lindsey and other volunteers and experts will host some of the 90 state legislators at AARP’s annual nonpartisan lobbying event at 10:30 a.m. on the Capitol lawn. Lindsey, 70, of Fountain Hills, is a retired public school teacher and administrator who chairs the AARP Advocacy Steering Committee for Arizona. The brunch will include AARP staff and representatives of Gov. Doug …

— Many Montanans find themselves financially vulnerable when they retire, with little money saved for their post- employment years. AARP Montana is urging lawmakers to create the Montana Optional Retirement for Employees (MORE) savings plan, which would give more private-sector workers a way to save for retirement through payroll deductions. About half of private-sector workers in the state—roughly 160,000 employees—work for employers that do not offer a retirement savings plan. People who have access to a work-based payroll-deduction plan are 15 …

— About 7.5 million Californians whose employers do not offer a retirement savings plan will soon have a way to save for retirement through payroll deductions. Signed into law in September by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the Secure Choice program requires employers with five or more employees either to sponsor a retirement savings plan or to automatically enroll their workers in a new state-created plan. The employer mandate will be phased in over a three-year period. AARP California backed the legislation …