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Scam Alert of the Week: Feb. 3rd – Watch out for the IRS Imposter Scam

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud 2/3: SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: It’s tax season again and this means a surge in fake IRS calls across the country. Here is how it works: Someone claiming to be from the IRS either phones or leaves a voice message saying you owe back taxes.  They will threaten that unless you wire funds immediately, you will be arrested or even jailed.  Scammers will make this sound convincing and through “spoofing,” your caller ID may say “IRS” or something similar.  Do …

Scam Alert of the Week 01/27/16

Posted on 01/27/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Job websites can be a great way to find the perfect next position, but these websites are also a popular destination for scammers.  Posing as legitimate employers, scammers post ads for positions that don’t even exist.  They will demand upfront fees to run a background or even a credit check. You shouldn’t have to pay for such services.  They may even ask for sensitive information such as your Social Security number. Do your homework.  Conduct an investigation of your own …

Scam Alert of the Week! 1/20/16

Posted on 01/20/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud It’s cold out there!  Let’s turn on the freeze!  A security freeze safeguards a person’s credit report and it is one of the most effective ways to protect you from identity theft. Without access to your credit report, an identity thief is unable to obtain credit in your name, thereby greatly minimizing the potential damage from the theft.  In Maine, turning the freeze on and off is absolutely free.  This is a great proactive step you can take in the …

Scam Alert of the Week! 1/13/16

Posted on 01/13/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Did you win the lottery? Congratulations!  Are you being asked to pay a “processing fee” or a tax to claim your prize?  If so, this is a scam.  If you legitimately won the lottery, you wouldn’t owe even a postage stamp to collect your winnings.  Is the lottery based in Jamaica, Canada or Europe?  Remember, foreign lotteries are illegal in the United States and you cannot win a lottery you never entered.  Don’t wire money to anyone you don’t know …

Scam Alert of the Week! 1/6/16

Posted on 01/6/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud What we call “imposter” scams are on the rise and fraudsters will often use a commonly known agency name to try to take your hard-earned money.  With winter upon us, be prepared for bogus threats that Central Maine Power (CMP) or another utility company is about to shut off your service due to unpaid bills. In this longtime ruse, scammers use special software to falsely display the name and phone number of your utility company on your caller ID. Don’t …

Fraud Watch – Freeze Out Identity Theft!

Posted on 01/5/2016 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Did you know? A new law can help protect your identity. A credit freeze safeguards a person’s credit report and it is the most effective way to protect consumers from identity theft. Without access to this sensitive information, an identity thief is unable to obtain credit in that person’s name, thereby greatly minimizing the potential damage from the theft. Once the freeze is in place, the consumer has control over who can receive their credit report. As of October 15th, Maine …