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Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Did an unexpected check turn up in your mailbox this month? Be cautious of any “money” that shows up at your doorstep. If there is a requirement to send a portion of the money back to them through a wire transfer it is most likely a scam. Watch out for how much the check is offering because scammers know that anything just under $5,000 won’t be held by the bank for a long period of time. Be a fraud fighter!  …

Scammers Use Text Messages & Cellphones

Posted on 06/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Fraud | Technology Every day, about 45 million spam text messages are sent to North American cellphones. If you don’t have a text message plan, you’ll pay around 20 cents for each one you receive. The real cost comes if you respond to those messages. At least 70 percent of all cellphone text spam is designed to defraud you in some way.   Spam in text messages may try to guide you to shady websites that will install “malware” on your phone to …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 06/24/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy If you’re planning to move this summer be on the lookout for unlicensed movers and fake moving companies. You should get at least three quotes from perspective moving companies before hiring one. Be aware of movers that don’t send an estimator to your house beforehand, demand cash or a large deposit up front, and/or have unrealistic low-ball offers. Make sure you know who you’re working with before any money is exchanged. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 06/17/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Summer isn’t all about spending days at the beach or traveling.  Finding employment has become a top priority for younger adults and temporary job seekers. However, discerning whether or not the job is legitimate has become a huge problem. Watch out for employers who require fees for training and for ordering a background check. A genuine employer would NEVER ask for someone to pay for this. Do your research!  Make sure the company is legitimate before sharing any personal information …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 06/10/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy As summer weather begins to roll in, it becomes a prime time for door-to-door scammers offering a “free security inspection”. Burglaries tend to happen more frequently during the summer months, allowing these fraudsters to show up at your door using scare tactics to pressure you into signing up for an alarm system. Unless you initiated the sales call, never let anyone into your house and tell them to leave immediately if you feel threatened. Be a fraud fighter!  If you …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 06/3/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Seniors, family members and senior providers are encouraged to …