— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Michigan for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!   EVENTS AUGUST Tuesday, August 21  –  Free Screening of Juliet, Naked. AARP members & a guest are invited to a free screening of Juliet, Naked starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd. …

— There are many amazing charities out there that benefit from donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to capitalize on the generosity and good will of others by setting up fake charities and pocketing the donations. To ensure the organization you decide to donate to be worthy and doing the work they say, visit www.ftc.gov/charity for ways to verify charities. If you have doubts, there’s always the option to give directly to smaller local charities where you can more easily see the …

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— A regular commercial for a national office supply chain promotes August as “The most wonderful time of the year” and for many parents it is both wonderful and frightening as kids head back to school or off to college.    Scammers love this time of year as well because the panic mode sets in for many as they dash around making last minute purchases, plans, and arrangements for school.  This flurry is  distracting, confusing, and filled with anxiety – the environment …

— When it comes to scams, knowledge is power. Con artists are finding new ways to take your money and their schemes are getting more complex. It is imperative to keep up with the latest scams and learn how to identify and stay protected fraud. The Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host a fraud and identity theft conference in Lewiston, Idaho, September 17th at the Red Lion Hotel. The Lewiston Scam Jam is a free, fun, educational and interactive forum where you …

— Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale was in Denver recently to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from con artists. Missed it? No problem; see the full video here. For …

— Submitted By: Howard B. Weinreich – AARP NJ Volunteer   Last year a massive data breach occurred at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies. Hackers accessed sensitive information, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers of more than 145,500,000 Americans, over 50% of the U.S. adult population. This was not an isolated event. The Identity Theft Resource Center estimates that, since 2005, there have been more than 9,000 data breaches with more …

— The IRS is encouraging taxpayers who received a large refund to do a “paycheck checkup” to make sure their employers are withholding the correct amount of taxes from their paychecks. Visit the IRS withholding calculator today . Taxpayers may also want to consider receiving refunds throughout the year as opposed to when they file their taxes the next year. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that passed last year included many law changes. One law change is that there is a …

— There are many amazing charities out there that benefit from donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to capitalize on the generosity and good will of others by setting up fake charities and pocketing the donations. To ensure the organization you decide to donate to be worthy and doing the work they say, visit www.ftc.gov/charity for ways to verify charities. If you have doubts, there’s always the option to give directly to smaller local charities where you can more easily see the …

— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help you do that. Bring any confidential documents to the Art of Aging Expo on October 2, 2018 at the Danville Technology Center, and we’ll shred them for free in the parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Shredding only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of …

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— AARP is a proud sponsor of the Welcome Home Veterans Celebration September 12-16, 2018 in Clarksville, TN. The five-day event has something for everyone! Activities include: inspiring guest speakers, music, the American Traveling Vietnam Tribute Wall, the Annual Welcome Home Parade, and an up-close and personal free concert with legendary recording artist, Lee Greenwood. See the full schedule of events and order your tickets online. All AARP members and their guests receive an 18% discount on ticketed events using PROMO Code: Welcome50 …