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— 9/21 SCAM ALERT While there are plenty of contests run by reputable organizations, there is also a lot of fraud. Every day, people lose thousands of dollars to prize scams. Know it’s a scam if you have to pay “taxes,” “shipping and handling charges,” or “processing fees” to get your prize. Another red flag is if you’re asked for a credit card number or your checking account number. Also, if a prize notice was sent by bulk rate, that means …

— Coin Seller Calling?  Hang Up! As the value of gold rises, gold coin scams are on the rise as well. A tried and true way gold coin con artists find their victims is through cold calling. How it works:    A caller may 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 may send coins, but they will be nowhere near the value you …

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— East Hartford Event to Provide Safe Destruction of Documents & Electronics As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Connecticut is joining with the EnviroShredCT, a social enterprise of Easterseals Capital Region, and Better Business Bureau to host a Fight Fraud & Knock Out Waste Free Shred & E-Scrap Event – an opportunity to safely dispose of outdated and unwanted personal documents and electronics for free. The event will be held on …

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— Last year, 13.1 million Americans were victims of ID Theft – that’s one person victimized every two seconds. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our shredding trucks for free disposal on October 22, 2016. We’ll be at three locations in Tukwila, Everett and Federal Way from 9:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, October 22 (location details below). This is a shredding and electronics recycling event.  You can bring up to three grocery bags …

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— 9/14 SCAM ALERT If a telemarketer ever asks you to pay for something by wire transfer or by providing a PIN to a cash reload card, hang up because it is most certainly a fraud. New rules from the Federal Trade Commission bar this activity. Now, prohibiting it doesn’t mean scammers won’t try to convince you to pay this way, but if they do, know that it’s a violation of the law. Hang up and then report it at www.ftc.gov/complaint. …

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—  9/7 SCAM ALERT In honor of Grandparents Day, this is a warning that the distress call you get from a grandchild could be a scam. A con artist will call or e-mail in a desperate state, pretending to be your grandchild. She may even know family member names. She will ask you to wire her money to fix her car, buy a plane ticket, or get out of jail, or some other made up reason. If you get a call …

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— AARP Oklahoma presents Movie in the Park, “Catch Me If You Can”, at Guthrie Green on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Bring your chairs and blankets for the free movie, plus free gourmet popcorn and beverages courtesy of AARP Oklahoma. “Catch Me If You Can” is the true story about Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) who worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline — all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also …

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— Greetings from your friends at AARP Maine! As we look to the fall, we are excited to share some updates as well as upcoming opportunities with you. In this issue of the e-newsletter you’ll learn more about AARP’s Take A Stand campaign. Across the country we are asking congressional and presidential candidates to Take A Stand on Social Security- we need bold leadership to shore up this important program for the long-term. Here in Maine, thousands of seniors rely on …

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— Marylanders who visit the Power of Age Expo in Baltimore County can get a taste of the many pleasures that being 50-plus has to offer. There will be continuous entertainment, silent auctions, health screenings, a job fair and more. At the AARP Maryland booth, expo-goers can learn about a new state law that helps family caregivers, and how the AARP Fraud Watch Network can help them avoid scams. Maryland ranks ninth in the nation in fraud complaints per capita and …

— Catch the world’s leading expert on outsmarting con artists… on Facebook! Identity theft expert Frank W. Abagnale is partnering with AARP Fraud Watch Network to help protect you and your family so you learn to spot and avoid scams. Join AARP Oklahoma Wednesday, August 31 at 3:30pm CST for a one hour teletown hall presented on Facebook. To take part, go to https://www.facebook.com/AARPOK/ where you can watch and ask questions in real time. Last year alone, there were more than …