— AARP MONTANA TO HOST TELEPHONE TOWN HALL ABOUT FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AND HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF Thousands of AARP members as well as others across Big Sky Country will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall” meeting with representatives from AAA Legal Services. AARP Montana will host this live Telephone Townhall event to discuss financial exploitation as it relates to caregiving, and how you can protect yourself. AARP Montana state director Tim Summers will host the event …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— You know what they say: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Whether the scam involves phony winnings from a fake sweepstakes or a threat to have you arrested for supposed non-payment of taxes, information is the key to foiling scam artists. Attend this Fraud Watch lunch and learn to hear from the attorney general’s office and local law enforcement about the most prevalent scams locally, what to watch out for, and proactive steps you can …

— AARP North Carolina joined Attorney General Josh Stein and State Representative Jason Saine (R) Lincolnton, when they introduced a proposal to strengthen North Carolina’s laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims. The Attorney General and other state law enforcement officials have been part of AARP’s efforts to protect North Carolinians from fraud and scams that target older adults. “Last year, more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,” said …

— Friday, February 23, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the  Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive Please join us for an informative session about how to prevent and respond to fraud and scams targeting seniors.  Dr. Sheri Gibson, Clinical Geropsychology, will lead a panel of local, state and national experts to address this very serious issue. To register, call (970) 498-7790 or email ADRC@larimer.org

—   Watch and Learn — Get a host of fraud prevention tips and information on how to protect you and your family from being the next victim of fraud.  Elliott Greenblott, AARP Vermont Fraud Watch Network Coordinator, is a recognized expert on the subject and shares valuable information in this TV program from GNAT cable access TV station in Southern VT. Click on the link below to watch this month’s segment. http://gnat-tv.org/mr-scammer-120717/ Mr. SCAMMER – 12.07.17

— Are you looking to escape the cold and hit the beach this winter? On a snowy day, soaking up some sun in a tropical location sounds pretty nice!   When planning a winter getaway, it is important to remember that scam artists are out there looking to take advantage of deal-seeking travelers. Watch out for these red flags that may indicate a travel scam: Be leery of “free vacation” offers, there is often a catch, such as taxes and fees, mandatory …

— 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 …