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Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 09/2/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Public Wi-Fi tends to draw people in for its convenience and easy accessibility. However, it’s also become a prime target for scammers. In a recent AARP Fraud Watch Network survey, “Convenience versus Security”, about 40% of respondents weren’t aware of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi. Here are a few tips to make sure you aren’t oversharing with scammers: don’t access your email, online bank or credit card accounts using public Wi-Fi and don’t surf using an unknown public network …

Identity Theft Expert Frank Abagnale Named AARP Ambassador

Posted on 08/28/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Advocacy | Fraud | Money & Work   Boise, ID – AARP Idaho today announced that Frank W. Abagnale, nationally renowned expert on identity theft and fraud schemes, has been named AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador.  Abagnale will work with the Fraud Watch Network to provide online programs and community forums to educate consumers about ways to protect themselves from identity theft and cybercrime. Once one of the world’s most famous con artists, Abagnale’s story was told in his best-selling book, Catch Me if You Can, and in the …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 08/26/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Online dating can be a fun, exciting way to meet new people. Unfortunately it’s also become an opportunity for scammers to deceive innocent people and steal their money. After building an emotional connection, scammers will pretend to be desperate for money due to a tragedy or unexpected trip. Remember: if someone you meet online makes excuses about meeting in person and/or starts asking for money, they may be a scam artist. If your potential love is really an imposter, report …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 08/19/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud This month we’re celebrating Social Security’s 80th anniversary, and reminding all Mainers how important it is to protect your Social Security number at all times. Unless you know you will need, it, do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Be extremely cautious of phishing emails from fake Social Security Administration (SSA) reps claiming you qualify for a new benefit. These imposters will likely ask you to fill out a form with all your personal information, which they …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 08/12/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud One of the most successful fear-provoking imposter schemes has recently resurfaced across the U.S.: “the jury duty scam”. You receive a phone call warning of immediate arrest because you didn’t report for mandated jury duty. Once they’ve got you panicked, the imposter demands that you pay the “fine” by a credit card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The person may also offer to “check their records” by verifying your Social Security number, birth date, and other details. HANG UP …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 08/5/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud The Grandparent Scam is making its way back into headlines after a new version recently surfaced. Instead of pretending to be a desperate “grandchild” needing money to escape an emergency, scammers have evolved into claiming to be debt collectors attempting to collect a fake debt on behalf of a grandchild. After making serious threats, these fraudsters will ask you to wire money, send a prepaid credit card, or provide your own credit card number. REMEMBER: unless you co-signed a loan …