— 12/13 SCAM ALERT Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone.   Be a fraud …

— Scam artists set up fake websites offering anything you could want to buy as gifts around the holidays, at prices that are too-good-to-be-true. And guess what? They are! You’ll never receive the gift you thought you bought, and the scammers could turn around and use your credit card information for their own purchases. Stick to well-known shopping sites, and always type in the web address, rather than clicking from a link to the retailer.   Be a fraud fighter!  If …

— Greetings from AARP Maine! As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been …

— In the wake of recent security breaches, AARP is reminding Mainers that they can prevent identity theft by freezing their credit reports. Under a 2015 law, state residents can use a personal identification number (PIN) to freeze and unfreeze their credit reports as needed—for free—to control who sees the data. To be effective, a freeze must be placed with the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

— Vehicles that get damaged in floods and hurricanes can be shipped across the country to be re-sold to unknowing consumers. If you are in the market for a used car, look for signs of flooding, such as water stains or fogged headlights and taillights. If you smell mildew, walk away. Do you smell disinfectant? It may be a sign of a mold cover-up.  You can also check the vehicle’s history by typing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into a free …

— Health Provision in New Tax Bill: Higher Premiums and Loss of Health Coverage for Older Adults Posted on 11/21/2017 by Jane Sung and Olivia Dean | Comments: 0 |  Print Thought the debate over the health law was over? Not quite. Yes, Congress has shifted its focus from health care to tax reform over the past couple months. But health care faces new threats under the latest proposed tax legislation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as reported by the …

— WANT TO VOLUNTEER ONLY IN THE WINTER? By guest blogger Joan Jagolinzer Not spending the winter in Florida or other warmer locations?  Busy in the spring, summer and fall, but have free time in the winter. Consider volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide.   In addition to actual tax preparation, volunteers are needed to help with scheduling, to greet taxpayers as they arrive at our tax preparation locations, to help us set up our computers and printers, and to assist with a variety …

— 11/22 SCAM ALERT Don’t give out your Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who is on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number.  Likewise, beware of providing your number to anyone who asks for it by email. Scammers will send an email that appears to be from your bank …

— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage at each event is on us and friends are welcome. Interested in serving as a volunteer host for any of these events?  Send us a note at me@aarp.org and we can help you get started.  Thank you! **PLEASE NOTE: Augusta, Bath/Brunswick and York events will NOT take place in the month of …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …