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Warning of Fraud
During difficult financial times it is helpful to know about potential ways to save money as well as collect funds that might be owed to you. Two resources that many older Coloradans might not be familiar with, but should be, are Colorado’s PTC-104 rebate and retrieving unclaimed property/funds in your name.
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If you’re over 50 and need assistance understanding or organizing your finances, take advantage of AARP ElderWatch’s new, virtual peer to peer financial counseling program.
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The internet has turned into an even more critical tool to stay in touch with friends/family, conduct business, shop and get information. Scammers are also online looking for new ways of getting personal and financial information. Take proper precautions to keep your information safe and money in your pocket by avoiding these common scams:
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Join AARP ElderWatch, with the Colorado Attorney General's Office, for this informative program to warn Spanish-speaking Coloradans about fraud and scams throughout the state and how you can spot them and protect yourself and your family from being victimized.
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Mark your calendar – SATURDAY, JUNE 2.  That is the date of the FREE annual document shredding event sponsored by AARP Foundation ElderWatch and the Black Forest Chapter 1100 of AARP.  The shredding will be at the Black Forest Lutheran Church 12455 Black Forest Road.  Please enter from Black Forest Road.  The time is 9 am to 1 pm.  Three boxes or paper bags of paper documents will be accepted per car.  Please no plastic or 3-ring binders, as they cannot be recycled.  You can FIGHT HUNGER at the same time with a nonperishable food or cash donation to the Black Forest Cares food pantry.  Questions?  Call Ray at 719.495.6767 or Stan at 719.596.6787.
This April, Medicare will begin to issue new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries. To help protect your identity, these new cards will no longer contain your Social Security number. Instead, Medicare will assign you a unique number that will be used for doctor visits and medical claims. As new cards start to get sent out, scammers might try to take advantage of this transition. The following is some information to help you from getting caught up in a Medicare card scam:
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Online dating has become one of the most popular ways for people of all ages to meet friends, significant others and spouses. While most people have good intentions when using online dating websites, scammers also use the same sites to obtain money, gifts or personal information.
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Friday, February 23, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the  Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive
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‘Tis the season for excessive shopping and since many people will purchase their holiday gifts online, this is a good time to brush up on some internet safety tips. Here are a few reminders for protecting your personal and financial information while shopping online:
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Have you received a phone call or a postcard in the mail offering you a back brace or knee brace? It is not uncommon for Medicare beneficiaries to receive these types of solicitations, even when your doctor has not deemed a medical device necessary. Often the “salesperson” will tell you that the product will help you and it’s “free” because it’s “covered by Medicare.” They will also request lots of personal information, including your Social Security number. If you receive one of these solicitations here a few tips to remember:
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