Maine Taxpayers Should Protect Data All Year Round

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-02-15T13:46:32+00:00">February 15, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

Taxpayers Should Protect Data All Year Round Guest Blog by Christine Footit, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a trusted source. Keep a secure …

Turn on the Freeze to Protect Your Identity – It’s Free!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-15T01:49:00+00:00">February 15, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-15T14:58:54+00:00">February 15, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

Did you know? This Maine law can help protect your identity – for free! Even with a data breach such as the reported by Equifax in 2017, turning on a credit freeze can minimize damage from the data theft. Each of us has a credit report (or credit “file”) which compiles our credit history – bank loans, credit cards mortgages, etc. – into one place.  This credit report is used by banks and lenders to determine our worthiness as borrowers. Before buying a …

2/14 Scam Alert: On Valentine’s Day, Don’t Let Cupid Strike Your Wallet

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-13T11:18:00+00:00">February 13, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-06T11:26:12+00:00">February 6, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

2/14 SCAM ALERT It’s Valentine’s Day, and time to watch out for the “Sweetheart Scam” targeting people on dating websites.  Be careful about what information you reveal on social networks. On dating sites, take extra care.  If someone asks for money – particularly money that must be wired or provided by a credit card – it is probably a scam.  Beware what you share.  This Valentine’s Day, we want Cupid’s arrow to strike your heart, not your wallet. Be a …

2/7 ALERT: DEADLINE EXTENDED to Recoup Money Wired to Scammers via Western Union

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-06T11:14:00+00:00">February 6, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-07T08:25:05+00:00">February 7, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

2/7 IMPORTANT ALERT 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 the Maine Attorney …

1/31 Scam Alert: It’s Baaack (it never left) the IRS Imposter Scam

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-30T10:56:00+00:00">January 30, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-02T15:59:32+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

1/31 SCAM ALERT As tax filing season gears up, be on the lookout for the IRS imposter scam. You get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, saying you owe a specific amount in taxes, and may threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay immediately. Know the IRS will never call and demand immediate payment without first sending a notice through the mail. Nor will the IRS ever ask for credit or debit cards over the …

1/24 Scam Alert: The Tech Support Scam

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-23T10:52:00+00:00">January 23, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-02T15:54:48+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

1/24 SCAM ALERT Tech support scams happen over the phone and online. Typically, the goal of the scammer is to take control of your computer remotely, tell you that you have viruses that can be fixed for a fee, then get you to fork over your credit card number. If you get a tech support call out of the blue, hang up. Also, avoid clicking on pop-up notices that say you have a problem with your computer. If you are …

FREE SHREDDING and Medicine Disposal Events in April, 2018!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-22T12:11:00+00:00">January 22, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-13T11:58:30+00:00">February 13, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families.  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! In April, we are once again teaming up with the County Sheriff’s Offices in Augusta, Bangor and Portland.  Last year, we shredded over 50,000 pounds! Would you like to volunteer with us for …

1/17 Scam Alert: Is that subscription really free?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-16T10:47:00+00:00">January 16, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-02T15:51:35+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

1/17 Scam Alert Free trial offers often lure you into accepting a free product or subscription, but require you to cancel after receiving your offer. When you don’t cancel, you receive more product, and you’re stuck with the bill. Often the fine print makes it very difficult to cancel in time to avoid a charge.  Unfortunately, the tactics are generally legal, unless the seller fails to disclose that you will be charged following the free offer. Be very careful to …

AARP Maine’s Legislative Agenda for 2018

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-09T11:41:05+00:00">January 9, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

January 9, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   AARP Maine Releases 2018 Legislative Agenda Continues Weekly “Tuesdays at the State House” for AARP Advocates PORTLAND: As the 128th legislative session reconvenes, AARP Maine announces its 2018 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on support for family caregivers, affordable housing, protection of home and community-based services, and equitable utility rates. Today, AARP Maine also kicked off “Tuesdays at the State House” for 2018 …

1/10 Scam Alert: Phishing Emails Could Cost You

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-09T10:44:00+00:00">January 9, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-02T15:46:27+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

1/10 SCAM ALERT Phishing is when scammers try to trick you into sharing sensitive information. They typically send legitimate-looking e-mail messages from what appears to be a bank, federal agency or service provider requesting that you “verify” personal information. Now that people are catching onto email phishing, scammers have branched out to texting – banking on our tendency to respond immediately to a text message. Whether it’s through your smartphone or instant messaging on a social media site, be wary …