There are No Winners in Prize Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-16T12:48:37+00:00">May 16, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

 by Kathy Stokes, AARP Fraud Watch Network There are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! However, there are questionable characters out there who are trying to hook you on winning to reel in the profits for themselves. How It Works: You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings; You have to wire money to a well-known company to …

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for AARP’s 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-23T18:41:05+00:00">April 23, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-23T18:42:10+00:00">April 23, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Please show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2018 AARP Utah Andrus Award for Community Service. The annual  Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  It recognizes individuals who share their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. Nominations are …

Real Possibilities University is Coming to Ogden on May 2

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-20T18:44:05+00:00">April 20, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

Join AARP Utah for Real Possibilities University, an exciting free program featuring expert keynote speakers on how to keep your brain fit and memory sharp, and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. Keynote speakers Dr. Kevin Duff of the University of Utah’s Brain Institute will discuss how to keep your brain sharp and improve your memory, and an expert from the Utah Commerce Department will outline common scams in the state, how to spot and avoid fraud, and how to …

Operation: Stop Scams Shredding Event in Orem on May 5

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-09T18:29:41+00:00">April 9, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-09T18:30:16+00:00">April 9, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

Would you believe that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP Utah and that is why we are participating in AARP’s nationwide Operation: Stop Scams on May 5 at Mountain View High School in Orem, where we will be holding a free shredding event open to the public of all ages, regardless of AARP membership. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters …

AARP is Now Accepting Community Challenge Grant Applications

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-29T13:41:12+00:00">March 29, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that benefit local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities and other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Projects may range in scale from small, short-term activities costing hundreds of dollars to …

IRS Warns of “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams of 2018

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-27T17:38:18+00:00">March 27, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today concluded its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams with a warning to taxpayers to remain vigilant about these aggressive and evolving schemes throughout the year. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” list highlights a wide variety of schemes that taxpayers may encounter throughout the year, many of which peak during tax-filing season. The schemes can run the gamut from simple refund inflation scams to technical tax shelter deals. A common theme throughout these: Scams …

Beware of New Medicare Card Scam!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-14T18:30:25+00:00">March 14, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

There is good news for those of you on Medicare–new cards will be issued on April 1 that don’t have your Social Security number on them, which in the past has exposed beneficiaries to possible identity theft.  The bad news?  Scammers will take advantage of this fact to pose as Medicare employees, calling you and claiming that you need to pay for a new temporary card–sometimes stating that this new card will cost $50.  To “process” it, they’ll ask for …

Scammers are Going After Your Social Security Benefits

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-07T13:19:28+00:00">March 7, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

Scammers are now going to the Social Security Administration website and setting up “my Social Security” accounts of workers that are of retirement age in an attempt to steal their retirement benefits. People age 62 and older face the highest risk of this scam. How It Works: Scammers get a hold of personal information, including Social Security numbers, and head to www.ssa.gov to open a “my Social Security” account in victims’ names. They apply for funds, requesting a lump sum …

Free Caregiving Classes in Ogden Start March 16

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-05T17:32:09+00:00">March 5, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

Are you a caregiver in the Ogden in need of some respite, rest, and resources?  Come to a free educational series designed to help with all of that!  Starting Friday, March 16, 2018 and continuing every Friday through May 4, 2018, this conference will delve into such “real world” issues for caregivers, as follows: 3/16/2018  “It’s Been Lovely, but I Have to Scream Now! 3/23/2018  “What the Heck is Snoezelen?” 3/30/2018  “Pop!  Goes the Memory” 4/06/2018  “Working Family Councils” 4/13/2018  …

Ten Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-02-22T17:47:03+00:00">February 22, 2018</time> by AARP Utah

by Micah Festerly, Management and Program Analyst in Taxpayer Outreach, Partnership and Education with the IRS AARP Foundation is in the thick of helping people prepare and file their taxes through their Tax-Aide program, but this program is designed for people who are low-to-mid income with relatively uncomplicated tax issues.  What to do if you need to hire someone to sort through all of your income, deductions, expenses, and more?  The IRS has these tips to help you choose a …