Shredding

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is collaborating with community partners, law enforcement, legislators and community leaders to host free shredding events and scam awareness workshops.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us on one or both days?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. Bring all sensitive paperwork …

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— Connecting to the Internet in a public space like a coffee shop, the library or an airport is a wonderful modern convenience, but it comes with significant risk. Public Wi-Fi is never private, so we’re asking for your help in preventing Wi-Fi fraud! How it works:    Fraudsters have come up with a number of ways to steal information from you or attack your computer while you are on public Wi-Fi. New hacking tools that are available free online make …

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— 7/20 SCAM ALERT We’ve all seen famous TV personalities touting products and offering free trials. You accept a free trial or subscription, only to find out that you have to cancel once you have received the free item. When you don’t cancel, you receive more product and you’re stuck with the bill. Always read the fine print before accepting a free trial, or simply decline the offer. Keep an eye out for unauthorized charges on your credit card statement. If …

AARP in Kansas City was well represented at the 2016 Carver Day Celebration by (left to right) Jinny Hopp, Sidney McCarther and Tonya Holmes.

— AARP in Kansas City volunteers created a stir with Fraud Watch Network resources at the 2016 Carver Day Celebration held at the Freedom School at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church on July 9. The event was in celebration of the 1943 establishment of the George Washington Carver National Monument and also recognized the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service. AARP in Kansas City Team Leader Tonya Holmes spearheaded the presence of AARP and was joined at the exhibit space by …

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— Scammers have come up with yet another way to get people to part with their hard-earned money. This time they are getting people to buy iTunes gift cards and share the code on the back of the card. How it works:   A scammer will call, claiming to be from the IRS and that you will be arrested if you don’t pay back taxes immediately. The caller will tell you to purchase an iTunes gift card and put the amount …

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— AARP Living Longer, Living Smarter: July 21 at 6 p.m. AARP Fraud Watch Network: August 12 at 11 a.m.   Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) will host free seminars around two of AARP’s community initiatives this summer: Living Longer, Living Smarter – Picturing Your Future with a Plan on Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. followed by AARP Fraud Watch Network: Inside the Mind of a Criminal on Friday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. It will mark the second and …

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— 7/6 SCAM ALERT Beware of rental rip-offs this summer. Fraudsters steal photos and descriptions of properties from real estate, hotel or vacation rental websites and then clone the ads, but with discounted prices. After making the deal, the scammer asks the renter for upfront payment. It’s only later that the renter finds the rental isn’t available and may not even exist. Some tips for avoiding this scam: Never pay by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Don’t deal only by …

Leona Shuler, center, enjoys helping people find their ‘what’s next’ through Life Reimagined. Photo by Gina LeVay

— By Andrea Atkins  Leona Shuler’s parents used to say, “You can’t just come into this world and take, take, take. You’ve got to give back.” That’s why Shuler, 67, a Manhattanite who retired in 1998 from a career as an office manager, keeps on giving with AARP. Her two main activities are helping people find their “what’s next” as lead volunteer coordinator in New York for Life Reimagined and helping people—most of whom are over 50—prepare and file their income …

Fraud Watch Network

— How to Protect Yourself from Scams AARP Maine and Maine legislators are working to increase awareness of fraud and scams through in-district meetings.  Senator Cathy Breen is hosting a number of presentations in her district to make sure her constituents can recognize and prevent fraud and scams. Check below for specific dates and locations in your town. Falmouth, with Representative Teresa Pierce :  What: Fraud Fighter Workshop When: Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00am Where: Mason-motz community center         …

Tish Biggs, a Fraud Watch volunteer, hands out information during a shredding event Carmel.  Photo by Zach Dobson

— By Nancy Johnson Indiana residents may have heard of the IRS scam and the grandparent swindle, but they might not be aware of the free Wi-Fi scheme. That’s where a con artist steals personal information by setting up a phone as a wireless hot spot in a public place such as an airport, hotel, library or coffee shop, offering a legitimate-looking access name such as “Free Airport Wi-Fi” or simply “Free Wi-Fi.” When unsuspecting patrons choose this connection to the …