— Monday, April 16, 2018:  Working together to care for each other Workshop Time: 2-3:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.,  Monday, April 16, Poudre Valley Hospital ,1024 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524 PVH Café F Description:  At some point, we will all need someone to help us. This might be provided by family members, friends, neighbors, professional caregivers or all of the above. Some of us have many people to turn to, others, not as many. This program will help you …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5– 5:30 p.m. MT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— As tax time approaches, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is redoubling its efforts to help taxpayers avoid criminal imposters who aim to defraud them. The problem is serious, with the Federal Trade Commission reporting that tax fraud ranked second in 2017 in types of identity theft reported, as over 82,000 reports were made last year. But a new poll from AARP, which surveyed 1,005 Americans by phone, reveals that people may have a false sense of security, as 62 percent report …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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. When meeting people online, it is important that you use a reputable website and always consider the possibility that the love interest you are chatting with might be a scammer. The following are some …

— Nearly four in ten (39 percent) Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) age 50 and older report that they or their family members have experienced fraud schemes, according to the recent fraud survey from AARP. Additionally, one-third (33 percent) of victims lost $15,000 on average. Non-financial costs are even more widespread, with most fraud victims (72 percent) experiencing some sort of emotional, physical or mental health impact, including anger, stress and anxiety, difficulty sleeping and shame. “Everyone in the AAPI …

— 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

— 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 …

— ‘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: Don’t share your banking information while using free public Wi-Fi or public computers. Only shop on secure sites that begin with “https” and/or display a padlock in your browser. Verify the reputation of the online merchant. …

— In recent years, we have dealt with major data breaches at hospitals, retail stores and government offices.  In September, we learned Equifax’s data was breached, potentially affecting millions of people. While these breaches are alarming, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a victim of identity theft. It does mean that you should take precautionary measures to protect your identity. The following are some steps to consider taking: Review your annual credit report. Call 877-322-8228 or visit annualcreditreport.com. Place a …