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 …

Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Season

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-02T11:30:00+00:00">January 2, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-02T11:12:24+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

WANT TO VOLUNTEER ONLY IN THE WINTER? By guest blogger Joan Jagolinzer Not spending the winter in Florida or other warmer locations?  Busy in the spring, summer and fall, but have free time in the winter. Consider volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide.   In addition to actual tax preparation, volunteers are needed to help with scheduling, to greet taxpayers as they arrive at our tax preparation locations, to help us set up our computers and printers, and to assist with a variety …

1/3 ALERT: You May Be Able to Recoup Money Wired to Scammers via Western Union

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-02T11:19:35+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

1/3 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 …

Join Us in Augusta for Tuesdays at the Statehouse!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-02T10:53:00+00:00">January 2, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-02T10:51:47+00:00">January 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …

Scam Alert 12/27: Check the Charity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-27T06:45:43+00:00">December 27, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-27T06:46:17+00:00">December 27, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

12/27 SCAM ALERT Americans gave over $390 billion to charity in 2016. While government regulators say that most charities are legitimate, there are fundraisers that keep most of the money they raise. As you consider year-end giving, do your research. Check out charities at www.give.org  or www.charitynavigator.org to make sure your money is going where it should and not into the pockets of scammers! Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more …

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from AARP MAINE

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-22T14:45:00+00:00">December 22, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-22T14:45:38+00:00">December 22, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

On behalf of our team of volunteers and staff at AARP Maine, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and all the best in 2018! Don’t forget to join us for our Tuesdays at the State House next year, beginning with our kick-off event in Augusta on January 9th! We will also be in many Maine neighborhoods again in January for our monthly coffees and On-Tap events.  Please join us and bring a friend!  As always …

Scam Alert 12/20: Genealogy Scams Are On the Rise

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-19T14:29:00+00:00">December 19, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-05T14:35:39+00:00">December 5, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

Thanks to the Internet, researching your family tree is easier than ever. But since these sites are a goldmine of personal information, scammers are trying to trick people with lookalike pages or legitimate-looking free sites. Be wary of sponsored ads that appear to feature well-known genealogy websites – even if the advertised link looks legitimate. It is very easy to change the name of links to appear that they are coming from a reputable source.   Before signing up to …

12/13 Scam Alert: Skip the Gift Card Racks

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-12T14:26:00+00:00">December 12, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T08:25:48+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

12/13 SCAM ALERT Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone. Advice from fraud expert …