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— AARP Massachusetts offers free presentations for community groups across the state on topics such as AARP Fraud Watch Network, Life Reimagined and HomeFit. Participants can learn how to guard against fraud and identity theft, navigate life transitions and modify their homes to age in place. To ensure that all communities have access to these programs, AARP is seeking bilingual volunteers. If you speak Spanish or another language and would like to become a presenter, AARP will train you and provide …

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— AARP Nebraska offers free fraud presentations to community groups year round and is now scheduling sessions for 2017. Trained volunteers are available to make AARP Fraud Watch Network presentations across the state. These sessions can help Nebraskans stay up to date on the latest scams, be safe online and take action if they spot fraud. Last year, more than 1,900 Nebraskans filed reports of identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission. To schedule a presentation, email neaarp@aarp.org or call 866-389-5651 …

Beware of holiday scams!

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of fake smartphone shopping apps. Scam artists have found a new way to get at your hard earned money. They are creating fake shopping apps for iOS and Android phones that capture your payment information and then leave you holding the bag.  Both Apple and Google …

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— 11/30 SCAM ALERT IRS imposters are known for using phone calls and email to scam people out of money. Now they are using the mail. You may get a letter saying you owe taxes related to the Affordable Care Act and that you must write a check to the “IRS” and mail it to a post office box in Austin, TX.  This is a scam.  Real IRS notices only direct payment to the United States Department of Treasury. If you get …

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— Sometimes when we’re in the community, we’ll hear from someone who says, “I’ve never met a real person from AARP!” Yes, there is an AARP Oregon State Office with a staff of 7 plus a great team of volunteer partners. We’re active on issues that matter to you and your family. In this season of gratitude and reflection, we want to share with you some of the highlights from our work this year. Engaged presidential and congressional candidates to “Take …

Fraud - It's Everybody's Business

— Scammers and con artists are busy at work! But don’t let your guard down…here are a few scam alerts to keep you safe and secure from crooks. Social Security: Don’t give you Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who’s on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number. Likewise, beware …

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— Shredding activities offer residents an easy, free way to get rid of confidential materials. Experts recommend shredding old documents with personal info; unused checks, credit card receipts, unneeded medical bills, expired ID cards, and pre-approved credit card applications. AARP Georgia and Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb are sponsoring a free Shred Fest on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am – 2pm. Change of Address: Macon-Bibb County Senior Center 1283 Adams Street, Macon GA 31201 This event is part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which helps …

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— En español, Don’t fall prey of these 7 hoaxes by Sid Kirchheimer T’is the season for shopping, salutations and various seasonal scams as perennial as poinsettias. Among the most common: 1. Shopping setups During the holidays, scammers, working like type A elves, try to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting shoppers. One popular scheme: rogue websites that appear on your search engine results when you type in the names of hot-selling gifts or even terms such as “discount toys.” …

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— 11/23 SCAM ALERT You might get a call from someone who says they are from your utility company, telling you your bill is overdue, and if you don’t pay up, your power will be shut off.  They want the money fast, usually through untraceable payment cards or a wire transfer. It’s a scam!  You should know that utility company representatives won’t demand instant payment over the phone.  Written notice is always provided to customers in arrears, usually through multiple late …

Fraud Watch Network

— Every Two Seconds Someone’s Identity is Stolen – Don’t Let it Be Yours! With scammers busy thinking up new ways to steal your money, how can you protect yourself, your family and your neighbors? Join us for a Lunch & Learn Fraud Watch Network workshop in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 8 or in Des Moines on Dec. 9 to learn tips on how to safeguard against identity theft and fraud. Learn how scammers think, so you can build up your defenses against the kinds …