6/20 Scam Alert: Summer Employment Fraud Watch

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-19T12:00:00+00:00">June 19, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-04T14:52:10+00:00">June 4, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

6/20 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Summer isn’t all about spending days at the beach or traveling.  Finding employment has become a top priority for younger adults and temporary job seekers. However, discerning whether or not the job is legitimate has become a huge problem. Watch out for employers who require fees for training and for ordering a background check. A genuine employer would NEVER ask for someone to pay for this. Do your research!  Make sure the company is legitimate …

DISAPPOINTING: Emera Maine’s Requested Rate Hike Results in 5.34% Increase

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-19T11:41:58+00:00">June 19, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

DATE: June 19, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Maine Public Utility Commission Rules on Emera Maine Rate Case  AARP Maine Disappointed that Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike Results in 5.34% Increase   PORTLAND: Earlier today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled on Docket 2017-00198 and approved a distribution rate increase of 5.34 percent, equaling an additional $4.46 million for Emera Maine, the state’s second-largest utility company. This …

6/13 Scam Alert: Be Wary of Summer Concert Scammers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-12T12:00:00+00:00">June 12, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-04T14:49:31+00:00">June 4, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

6/13 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Concerts are especially popular during summer months. As a result, scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket 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. …

June 12th Primary Elections: Be The Difference and VOTE

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-06T11:52:00+00:00">June 6, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

#BeTheDifference This year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. Why? Because Medicare, Social Security, healthcare and other critical issues are on the line. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election.  Make a pledge to VOTE. AARP’s Be The Difference. Vote. campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard.  What are the issues of concern to you and to your family?  Every vote counts, and together, Mainers can hold politicians accountable regarding …

6/6 Scam Alert: June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-05T12:00:00+00:00">June 5, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-04T14:46:45+00:00">June 4, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

6/6 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Seniors, family members and …

Tune in! Maine Public Hosting Televised Debates June 6th and 7th

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-30T15:00:30+00:00">May 30, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-30T15:04:57+00:00">May 30, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

Ready to hear from the candidates on the issues you care about?  Tune in on June 6th and 7th to Maine Public radio and television for their debate broadcasts. AARP Maine encourages you to #BeTheDifference and vote! Take the pledge and make your voice heard. Here is the Maine Public debate schedule:         RADIO DEBATE BROADCAST SCHEDULE TUESDAY 6/5 11AM – 60 MIN  YOUR VOTE – 2018 – Democratic Second District Primary Debate   WEDNESDAY 6/6 11AM- …

5/30 Scam Alert: Do you recognize that phone number? It may have been “spoofed”

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-29T09:57:00+00:00">May 29, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-09T09:56:21+00:00">May 9, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

5/30 SCAM ALERT When you see a local phone number pop up on your caller ID, it’s tempting to answer.  Even though you don’t quite recognize the number, the area code and even the first three numbers may appear to be from your town. That’s what scammers are banking on. Technology allows them to “spoof” numbers to make them look familiar so you will be more likely to answer the call.  Many people are choosing to play it safe and …

5/23 ALERT: DEADLINE is May 31st to Recoup Money Wired to Scammers via Western Union

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-23T01:00:00+00:00">May 23, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-23T00:23:38+00:00">May 23, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

The 5/31 DEADLINE IS ALMOST HERE: If you were tricked into wiring money to scammers using Western Union, you may be eligible to get at least some of your money back. The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice came to a $586 million settlement with Western Union last year. If you sent money through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, and lost it to a scammer, you may be eligible for a refund. Visit www.ftc.gov/wu or …

Monthly Tuesdays at the State House

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-22T13:12:55+00:00">May 22, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-24T19:30:53+00:00">May 24, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

Beginning in May, our weekly Tuesdays at the State House series will resume monthly.  Meet in the Cross Cafe at 9:30. Following morning announcements, we will have committee orientations with committee staff (committees are scheduled below), and following lunch we will have a guided tour of a State facility (State House, Library, Museum, etc.). We will not meet in July due to the Viles Arboretum tour or in October due to the AARP Maine Annual Meeting. November and December will …

5/16 Scam Alert: Fake Checks Are Making the Rounds

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-15T12:00:00+00:00">May 15, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-01T15:59:27+00:00">May 1, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

5/16 SCAM ALERT Fake checks are featured in many types of scams, from phony prize winnings to bogus jobs. Scammers are good at making their bad checks look legitimate. The scams typically involve sending victims a check to cover a “processing fee” or similar “service”, asking them to deposit it, and then when cleared, asking them to immediately wire the money to a third party. Remember, a check can take weeks to clear.  Wait until you are certain, and the …