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— 6/22 SCAM ALERT: Using public Wi-Fi means you’re potentially sharing  personal information with criminals.  When you’re on free public Wi-Fi at the gym, a hotel or a coffee shop, the information you’re transferring between your device and the computer you’re accessing is easily tapped into by anyone who is on the same network. This means any bad guy can see what you’re doing. This leaves passwords, usernames, and account numbers vulnerable. Surf safely: stick to browsing the web, checking news, …

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— 6/15 SCAM ALERT: Getting calls from a debt collector? They might be fake if the person is trying to collect on a loan you don’t recognize, refuses to give you a mailing address or phone number, asks you for sensitive information, or uses threats to try to scare you into paying. Tell the caller you won’t discuss the debt unless you receive a written notice that includes the debt amount, the name of the creditor, and your rights under the …

Fraud Watch Network

— How to Protect Yourself from Scams presented by Senator Cathy Breen and Representative Teresa Pierce with AARP Maine What: Fraud Fighter Workshop When: Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00am Where: Mason-Motz Activity Center Falmouth Parks & Community Programs 190 Middle Road in Falmouth (corner of Middle Road/Rte 9 and Lunt Road) Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen.  Scams and identity theft rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money every year.  Scammers are smart, creative, and relentless, but there are simple …

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— In 2015, there were over 3,000 reported complaints of interstate moving fraud. The offenses include taking goods hostage, overcharges, loss and damage, and insurance issues. How it works:   Rogue movers typically give you a low estimate over the phone or online without ever seeing the goods you want moved. Once your items are on their truck, they demand more money. They force you to pay more if you want your goods back. What you should know:   Redflags that …

Ohio Protects Video

— In the past year alone one-quarter of Ohioans 18 and older have had their personal information exposed to identity theft and fraud. And our latest research shows that older Americans are scammed out of about $3 billion every single year. Making sure that all Ohioans are not only aware of the latest fraud schemes, but are also armed with the tools and resources to prevent and recover from fraud is the goal of our AARP Fraud Watch Network. So I …

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— 6/8 SCAM ALERT: Anytime there’s political or economic uncertainty, there are coin scams. With a tumultuous presidential election season upon us, there are bound to be coin scammers looking to bilk unsuspecting investors. You may get a call from a seller of collectible coins who will try to convince you that buying gold coins is a hot investment and that you can double or triple your money practically overnight. The caller will send you coins, but they will be nowhere …

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— RELEASE: June 1, 2016 Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Maine Hosts Bangor “Scam Jam” to Fight Scams and Fraud in Maine Senator Susan Collins Addresses Audience of 200 BANGOR:  AARP Maine held a “Scam Jam” today, an event designed to raise awareness about common scams and fraud in Maine with speeches and workshops conducted by state agencies leading the fight against these crimes.  200 Maine residents, members of law enforcement, state agency representatives …

Travel Safe With Your Medications

— 6/1 SCAM ALERT: Planning to travel this summer?  Don’t let scammers ruin your vacation. One way thieves are preying on unsuspecting travelers is through front-desk fraud. Hotel guests receive a phone call in the middle of the night, supposedly from the front desk. There’s a problem with your payment, the caller says, asking you to confirm your credit card number. Only it’s not hotel staff calling (they’d wait until morning); it’s a scammer using a lobby phone. Never give your …

Donald Putrimas, left, Mimi Peck-Llewellyn, and Byron Peterson participate in a Fraud Watch Network presentation. Photo by Jonno Rattman

— By Karen Ali Marie “Mimi” Peck-Llewellyn has a law degree and counsels older people about fraud—but she still found herself corresponding with a scammer when she started dating online after her husband died two years ago. “It doesn’t matter how educated you are,” she told the audience at an AARP Fraud Watch Network volunteer training session in Hamden. “It can happen to anyone,” said Peck-Llewellyn, 63, a staff attorney for the state Department on Aging. The training was designed to …

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— 5/25 Scam Alert Bulletin Board: Paying to collect a prize you believe you’ve won? This is likely a sweepstakes scam. A large sum of money or free trip may sound nice, but if you are being asked to pay something in order to receive the prize, then it is not legitimate! Here is what to watch out for: If the promoter asks for your credit card number, checking account number, or personal information it’s a scam. If you legitimately win …