—   Friday, February 23, 2018:  Frauds and Scams Forum for Seniors 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   Tuesday, February 27, 2018:  Caregiving Workshop-Age By …

— 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 …

— The ElderWatch Helpline has been fielding lots of calls about the “Say Yes” scam. Many news reports have warned that a scammer will call and ask a question to get the victim to say “Yes.” Then, reportedly, the scammer records that “Yes” to use it to authorize unwanted charges to a phone bill, utility bill or a credit card. While many people report that they are getting calls like these followed by a hang up, we have yet to encounter …

— Scammers posing as IRS agents or Treasury Department officials are continuing their deceptive ways. First and foremost, it is important to remember the IRS will first contact you through the mail. If you receive a phone call or suspicious email or text from the IRS, chances are it’s a scammer posing as an IRS agent. Are you still unsure? Here are some red flags that the call, email or text you received is not really the IRS: If the call …

— The internet is a wonderful place to stay in touch with friends, conduct business and get information. Scammers also really like the internet because it gives them access to the billions of people who are online every day. When you are online make sure to take proper precautions to keep your personal and financial information safe and avoid these common scams: Phishing: Scammers impersonate a business or federal agency to trick you into giving out personal or financial information. This …

— The holidays and the end of the year are upon us, which means it is time for giving. In a recent survey, the AARP Foundation ElderWatch found that while 80 percent of Coloradans give to charity, 46 percent of those who gave made contributions without verifying the legitimacy of the charity. Before you give, take these simple steps to ensure the money you are donating is going to the intended cause: Never give payment information to anyone calling you. Ask …