— The Season of Giving is Also the Season of Scams  As we enter the holiday season, once again it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Watch out for deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes …

— 12/12 Scam Alert: Over 500,000 people start seasonal jobs during the holiday season. Scammers like to take advantage of seasonal workers by posing as potential employers on third-party websites. When prospective employees apply for these job listings, they will be asked to provide personal information such as their date of birth, address and social security number for “verification purposes.” Scammers can then use this information to steal your identity. One big red flag to look out for is a job …

— 12/5 Scam Alert: As we near the holiday season, online shopping increases and so do online scams. Only use trusted sites to make online transactions and be wary of steeply discounted items. Sometimes scammers will attempt to lure you into making a purchase with phony online sales.  In addition, if you plan to buy or sell your own goods online, use a website or app that uses proper safety measures to ensure that you don’t lose your money in the …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anna Landrum, a senior at Northeast Jones High School. She was nominated by Lori Landrum. “Anna plays volleyball, basketball and softball,” Landrum said. “She has been a member of her inaugural volleyball team for its first two years and this year …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anne Grayson Clanton, a senior at Lafayette High School. She was nominated by Jennifer Painter. “Anne has a 3.91 GPA and is ranked 19 out of 197 seniors while being a full-time band member since 6th grade and working a part-time …

— Lately, scammers have been spoofing phone numbers of banks, doctor’s offices and other official agencies. Spoofing means that a scammer’s phone number will show up on your caller ID as an official number. Scammers have been doing this with the 1-800 number for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to try and collect vital personal information from people in order to steal their identities. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network was debriefed by the Office of Acting Inspector General (OIG) about …

— Ya llegaron los días festivos. Y con ellos, el tiempo de comprar regalos especiales para nuestra familia y amigos. Pero también es el momento de estar alerta para evitar convertirte en víctima de una estafa. Desafortunadamente, los estafadores merodean en nuestras comunidades y en el Internet en búsqueda de víctimas, pero si te mantienes alerta, puedes proteger tu información personal y tu bolsillo. Algunas estafas son exclusivas de la época festiva de fin de año y muchas están relacionadas con …

— Protect your wallet and your identity from holiday scammers. Attend AARP’s FREE online question and answer event! The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. During these two interactive sessions, you’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds and scams out there right now. We’ll also feature an interactive poll and live Q&A …

— This time of year brings plenty of holiday cheer. Unfortunately, you can also count on plenty of holiday cheats. So how can you avoid holiday scams? AARP Arkansas is partnering with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office to provide an informative webinar that includes ways to combat holiday fraud. The webcast is free and open to the public. It will cover the basic tactics that scammers use to manipulate us and how we can spot them and give participants the tools …