— 1/9 Scam Alert: As the tax season approaches, individuals as well as small businesses need to be cautious of identity theft. Identity thieves use stolen Employer Identification Numbers to create fake W-2 Forms to file with fraudulent individual tax returns. Fraudsters also used these to open new lines of credit or obtain credit cards. Now, they are using company names to file fraudulent returns. Employers are warned to lookout for emails asking for sensitive W-2 information. If you believe you …

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— New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly.  Identity theft and other scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  Last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion dollars to fraud and scams.  In fact, every two seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. What tricks do con artists use to steal your money?  How can you outsmart scammers before they strike and beat them at their game? Request a top frauds and scams presentation from AARP New Hampshire.  …

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— New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly.  Identity theft and other scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  Last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion dollars to fraud and scams.  In fact, every two seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. What tricks do con artists use to steal your money?  How can you outsmart scammers before they strike?  Beat the con artists at their game.  Check out this month’s scam alerts and don’t get taken …

— Americans across the country will have opportunity to hear from top consumer protection authorities and get their questions answered during live tele-town hall meeting  Thousands of AARP members as well as others across the nation will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall” meeting with authorities from the U.S. Treasury Department and Federal Trade Commission about fraud prevention and consumer protection. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is hosting this nationwide live event to share information about tax-related …

— Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop …

— 1/2 Scam Alert: Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about phone call scams in which impersonators are copying Social Security Administration’s (SSA) 1-800 number so that it appears as a legitimate call on a caller-ID screen. These scammers then identify themselves as SSA employees, request a person’s Social Security number and threaten to terminate the person’s benefits for phony reasons. If you receive a call like this, do NOT provide any personal information. Instead …

— Are you looking for a fulfilling volunteer experience? If you want to put your skills to work as a volunteer, making an impact in your community, check out the opportunities we have to offer at AARP! From making communities more livable for people of all ages, fighting back against fraud and scams or helping to create a healthier Tennessee, we’ve got lots of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people 50+ and their families. CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES IN …

— 12/26 Scam Alert: During the winter season, we see an increase in scammers calling consumers and pretending to be a representative from their local utility provider.  The fraudster will claim that your previous payments haven’t cleared or that you owe them money. They will tell you that you need to pay the outstanding over the phone, or else your power, heat, or water will be turned off within the hour. The swindler will insist that you didn’t pay the bill …

— Gloria Harlan of Biloxi has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2018 AARP Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Mississippi selected Harlan for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Harlan volunteers with the American Red Cross in Mississippi and other parts of the country. She …

— Holiday shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like most Americans, you’ll do a significant amount of your shopping online. Unfortunately, there is a tradeoff for skipping the bustling crowds of last-minute shoppers at the mall in favor of checking off your gift list online while still wearing your pajamas. It’s OK, though! Here are a few simple tips anyone can follow to reduce the risk of being scammed or stolen from when shopping online. Check a site’s security …