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Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 05/20/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy The end of tax season means fake debt collectors will begin making their rounds this month. These scammers are aggressive! Once they start demanding a wire transfer or credit card for payment ask for their name, company, address, phone number, and professional license number. Any legitimate agent will be more than willing to provide this information, so if the person tells you it’s not necessary or that they don’t have the information available, hang up and contact local authorities. Be …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 05/13/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Caller ID spoofing is making its way to phones near you. Scammers have mastered calling people using a fake name and number that will pop up on your phone. The call will seem urgent, for example, it could concern something like an account that is about to be cancelled unless you immediately give your bank information or credit card number for payment. Never give out personal information via an incoming phone call; you never know who is actually on the …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 05/6/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy As May approaches with warm weather and sunshine, vacation scammers will be on the loose. If you’re looking to rent a condo, lakeside house, or beachfront place be aware of prices that are at below-market rates. Be safe and book through legitimate real estate websites or listing agents, stay clear of third party “renters” and never make any kind of payment via wire transfer. As the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true then it mostly likely is. Be a …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 04/29/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Beware of phone scams from fraudsters claiming to be investigating a computer virus.  If they ask for your computer password and personal information, don’t give it to them! Hang up the phone and contact local authorities. These callers may be persistent and threatening, but you can put a stop to their con by hanging up immediately. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Contact local law enforcement or the AARP Fraud Watch Network …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Flowers aren’t the only thing coming back to life this April; identity theft is growing, too. Make sure to check your bank and credit card accounts each month to see if there is any unusual activity and shred all sensitive documents before throwing them in the trash. Don’t give any personal information –social security or credit card number- to anyone you don’t know. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Contact local …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy It’s time to be on the look-out out for phony subscription invoices this month. If you receive an offer or renewal for magazines and newspapers that sound too good to be true, don’t make any payments! Be sure to call the publisher and verify that it is legitimate before giving any personal or credit card information. Take the time to double check, and you can beat the scammers at their own game. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you …