9/19 Fake Lottery Scam via Social Media

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-09-18T15:46:00+00:00">September 18, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-02T16:48:24+00:00">September 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

How it works! You get a message through social media from a friend who you’ve known for years. They say that you’re the winner of a fabulous prize, and you only need to pay taxes and fees on a website before you receive the money, vacation or other unbelievable prize. Please be careful! If you pay the money, you’ll never receive the prize. If someone who is your friend in real life sends you a message like that over the …

FREE SHREDDING Events in 2018!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-09-13T16:24:00+00:00">September 13, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-13T16:23:17+00:00">September 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 community partners to host free shredding events.  Some of our events will also include medication disposal .  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and Social Security and/or driver’s …

9/12 Scam Alert: It’s Not Your Utility Company

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-09-11T15:41:00+00:00">September 11, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-02T16:45:12+00:00">September 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

9/12 SCAM ALERT Recently, people have been receiving phone calls from representatives claiming to be from their utility company. They claim the customer’s bill is overdue and that their power will be shut off immediately unless they pay the bill. The truth is that these “representatives” are just scammers trying to scare unsuspecting folks into paying fake bills through prepaid gift cards over the phone. If you get a call like this, please hang up and call the number you …

Results of 2018 AARP Survey of Maine Voters 50+

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-09-05T07:45:00+00:00">September 5, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-05T12:09:37+00:00">September 5, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

    CONTACT: Jane Margesson: AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org AARP Announces Results of August, 2018 Survey of Registered Maine Voters 50 and Older  Maine’s Most Active Voting Bloc Weighs in on Issues Important to Them, Indicates Candidates Must Address Issues to Win Their Votes PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today the results of their 2018 Survey Insights from Maine’s Voters Age 50+.  Representing a membership of 230,000 in Maine, AARP, the leading non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to the …

9/5 Watch Out for This Pet Adoption Scam

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-09-04T15:18:00+00:00">September 4, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-02T16:02:02+00:00">September 2, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

How the pet adoption scam works: A new scam is preying on pet lovers: a social media post claims a dog or other animal is in need of a good home usually due to sad or unfortunate circumstances, such as its owner passed away or can’t afford to care for the animal anymore. They will try to lure you with winsome photos such as the one on the left.  The pet may be up for a reasonable adoption price, or …

Take These Steps NOW to Get a Jump on Next Year’s Taxes

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-09-04T15:14:31+00:00">September 4, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-04T15:53:19+00:00">September 4, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

ATTENTION ALL TAX PAYERS: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide anticipates that up to 30% of taxpayers who are expecting a refund of federal income tax based upon past year’s returns will end up owing money for Tax Year 2018. In most cases this will be a result of lower withholding during the year, but in some cases they will be “losers” under the new law. Tax-Aide wants to ensure that all AARP members and their families are aware of the situation and that …

AARP Maine is Co-sponsoring Televised Candidate Debates: Tune in!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-08-20T15:14:00+00:00">August 20, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-08-30T16:05:15+00:00">August 30, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about.   Gubernatorial debates: October 23, 2018 from 8-9PM WVII ABC 7 November 1, 2018 from 7-8PM WGME CBS 13 and FOX 23 Portland (co-sponsored with the Bangor …

Call to Action for Mainers 50+ and Their Families: Be The Difference. Vote.

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-08-05T15:51:00+00:00">August 5, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-08-05T15:56:13+00:00">August 5, 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 …

REMINDER: New Medicare Cards Signal an Opportunity for Scammers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-07-18T10:33:00+00:00">July 18, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-07-18T10:43:19+00:00">July 18, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

ATTENTION: MAINE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES Please remember that Medicare is sending out new cards to beneficiaries now through April 2019. The new cards will no longer list the beneficiary’s Social Security number or gender, and will not include your signature either. This makes your new card much safer! However, the change gives scammers an opportunity. If you get a call purporting to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) saying you either have to confirm your Social Security …

Summer Updates: A Message from Our State Director, Lori Parham

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-28T11:43:24+00:00">June 28, 2018</time> by AARP Maine

A letter from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham I hope the summer finds you enjoying these sunny Maine days! The last quarter was a busy one here at AARP Maine. I’m excited to share with you updates from around the state, and alert you to our upcoming events. The power of voters 50-plus should not be underestimated and will play a pivotal role in 2018.  With Social Security, Medicare, health care and other issues on the line, this year’s …