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Consumers Put Digital Convenience Ahead of Safety on Laptops and Mobile Devices

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Advocacy | Fraud Boise, ID—A new survey of internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, and the survey results indicate that thousands nationwide are engaging in activity that could put them squarely in the sights of hackers looking to steal their personal information. An AARP Fraud Watch Network report, “Convenience versus Security,” shows that among adults who access the Internet, a quarter (25%) use …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Credit card fraud continues to be a huge issue for millions of Americans. Scammers have found a way to steal from innocent people by using skimming devices that they attach to the exterior of an ATM or any machine that requires you to enter a pin number. Be on the lookout for anything suspicious on or around these devices, such as scuff marks or loose bits around the pad or place where you insert your card. If you notice anything …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 07/22/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud The computer tech support scam has become one of the top imposter scams in recent years. Be on the lookout for a suspicious email or phone call from Microsoft or another company claiming that your computer has an operating issue or virus that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Make sure you never give them any personal information or access to your computer because these scammers will steal your information and money. Be a fraud fighter!  If you …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 07/15/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud July is a popular month for people to head off on vacation and escape for a little while. It’s also when scammers take advantage of these vacationers through fake “travel clubs.” They will con you by offering significant discounts only if you become a club member or book your trip with them, and only after you pay an outrageous fee. Never agree to any terms or payments until you see everything discussed in writing. Don’t let these scammers fool you …

Scam Alert of the Week!

Posted on 07/8/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Fraud Concerts are especially popular during summer months. As a result, scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Be on the lookout for any sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, can only accept cash, want you to wire the money or transfer through a prepaid account, or who pressure you to act quickly. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source! Be a fraud fighter!  If you can …

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!  …