— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Maine for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— There are many amazing charities out there that benefit from donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to capitalize on the generosity and good will of others by setting up fake charities and pocketing the donations. To ensure the organization you decide to donate to be worthy and doing the work they say, visit www.ftc.gov/charity for ways to verify charities. If you have doubts, there’s always the option to give directly to smaller local charities where you can more easily see the …

— Individuals are not the only victims of scams. Scammers also target many small and local businesses, which costs them an estimated $7 billion a year, according to the Better Business Bureau. From receiving bills for supplies that nobody ordered, and being threatened to pay it, to paying for services that the business could otherwise get for free, there are many ways businesses may fall victim to a skilled scammer. The Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau recently partnered …

— As we enter the second half of summer, many companies have mid-season sales with amazing deals. But if a sale looks too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of websites that sell high-end name brand products at a fraction of the retail price. Through these fake websites, scammers can sell knock-off products to unknowing consumers, or worse, take your credit card information and never send the items you purchased. Please be vigilant in scoping out only true online …

— 7/25 Scam Alert Bulletin Board: Summer can be a great time to tackle home repair jobs, but be wary of uninvited repairmen and women who stop by without an appointment. They may claim to have just finished work at a neighbor’s house and offer you a discount while they are in the area with leftover materials. Once a deposit is paid, the work may never begin! If you want work done at your house, seek out repair companies yourself or …

— ATTENTION: MAINE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES Please remember that Medicare is sending out new cards to beneficiaries now through April 2019. The new cards will no longer list the beneficiary’s Social Security number or gender, and will not include your signature either. This makes your new card much safer! However, the change gives scammers an opportunity. If you get a call purporting to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) saying you either have to confirm your Social Security …

— 7/18 Scam Alert Bulletin Board: As you travel this summer, it may be tempting to search out free Wi-Fi to access the internet. Please remember that free or public Wi-Fi does not guarantee a secure internet connection. On an open and unprotected network, online actions are not secure and can be tracked by hackers to steal personal information, login credentials, and even credit card information. In an effort to trick you scammers may also create fake networks that appear authentic. …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families.  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with community partners to host free shredding events.  Some of our events will also include medication disposal .  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and Social Security and/or driver’s …

— 7/11 Scam Alert Bulletin Board:  Summer is a time for vacation, but as you book a rental property for your trip, be sure to use trusted websites. A rental owner may offer a discount if you pay outside of the official website to avoid certain fees, but it is not worth it! Scammers can send links to fake websites for payment, and only on check-in day do renters discover they’ve been scammed. Official rental websites can ensure your rental agreement …

— 7/4: Scam Alert Bulletin Board:  Along with the fireworks and cookouts on the Fourth of July comes the potential for scams, especially online. Be wary of emails from addresses you don’t recognize. Some may contain web links to “patriotic videos” or e-cards. The supposed link to a patriotic video sent from an unfamiliar address may actually download malware onto your computer, which enables a scammer to steal your account information and personal data. To avoid these downloads, exercise caution online. …

— 6/27 SCAM ALERT BULLETIN BOARD: Reports are coming in about a Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH) scam so please be aware and share this important information.  The scammer will call you, claiming to be an employee of PCH and will direct you to a “claims agent.”  This person will inform you that you have won millions of dollars, but that you have to pay a tax or collector’s fee in order to receive your prize.  Please note: PCH will never ask …