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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 …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 04/8/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy  Much like the IRS scams, fraudsters may be impersonating someone from the attorney general’s office and threatening consumers with arrest unless a supposed debt is immediately paid. Don’t fall for it! Here’s what you need to know as you hang up on calls and delete emails without opening links or attachments: The office of the Attorney General, law enforcement or federal agencies do NOT work on behalf of third-party collectors, much less threaten arrest for unpaid debts. If you legitimately owe something, …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Advocacy Don’t get fooled this April, scammers are ready to “separate” you from your hard-earned money! Be cautious of emails from financial or tax institutions saying you need to update or verify account information. Refrain from giving any personal information or opening attachments. This is likely a scam as your bank would never ask you to verify sensitive information by email. Don’t let scammers get the last laugh. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

Officials Report that Medical Phone Scams on the Rise in Montana

Posted on 12/14/2012 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work Montanans need to beware of callers trying to obtain personal information  The Montana Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program has recently received several reports of apparent telephone scams across Montana in which callers are trying to get personal information under the guise of updating or renewing Medical cards. The callers already have the bank routing numbers and have all tried to obtain bank account numbers. “Medicare will never call you because they already have your information,” said Renee Labrie-Shanks, Montana SMP Program …