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— Scam Alert 2/20: Tech Support Scams Computer viruses are scary, and scammers exploit this fear to gain access to your personal information. They do this by tricking you into thinking your computer or other device has been compromised, and that you need their help to fix the problem. The Federal Trade Commission notes that some scammers will pretend to be working for trusted or familiar software companies such as Microsoft. They may ask you to give them remote access to …

— Scam Alert 2/13: Work from Home Scams It is becoming more common for people to look for ways to supplement their income, and job listings for “work from home” jobs are becoming more popular because they are so convenient. Scammers already know this and they use this knowledge to target their victims. There are some easy ways to spot this scam early. If the “company” offers high pay for very little work, or doesn’t require any previous experience, it may …

— Scam Alert 2/6: Online Dating Scams Along with the rise in dating website use, there comes a rise in online dating scams. Scammers create fake profiles, build relationships with individuals through the dating site, and then attempt to steal their money and disappear. You can spot a con artist quickly by recognizing a few red flags: They might propose chatting offline or profess their feelings for you before getting to know you. They may offer to visit if you can …

— Like many online stores, the potential for fraud on popular shopping site such as Amazon does exist. While Amazon and other online sites may be trustworthy, buyers should still be wary of online transaction scams. In a recent statement, Amazon addressed an issue with a phishing email that asks for personal information or account information including credit card details. The link provided in the email then leads unsuspecting shoppers to a phony Amazon page that looks legitimate. Amazon has urged …

— Learn How to Avoid Their Scams at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar The Imposters: Keeping Yourself Safe from Scammers Part 1: Valentines, Candy & Online Romance Scams, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET They’re two-faced—someone who pretends to be something they’re not for a secret reason. And they’re out to steal your money. Experts call them the imposters. They could be …

— 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.  All of our events will also include safe disposal of your unwanted or expired medications.  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 …

— Telephone scammers try to trick you out of your money or personal information by using many different tactics. Sometimes they offer or promise money, fake products, or trips, and sometimes threaten arrest if you don’t pay them. The best way to protect yourself is to hang up on these callers and ignore their messages. You can also register for the National Do Not Call Registry: 1-888-382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov and check with your telephone company about additional call blocking options. Be …

— 1/16 Scam Alert:   New college students are receiving admissions letters and scholarships this time of year.  Among the letters from universities, many students may also receive offers for alleged student loans, scholarships, financial aid, and job offers. Some will charge a fee for things you could do by yourself, like filling out college applications, writing college essays, filling out the FAFSA (financial aid) form, or filling out job applications. Whether they end up providing the service once you’ve paid …

— Greetings from Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director As the New Year gets underway, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. 2018 was quite a year for AARP in Maine. Our team of staff, volunteers and member activists worked tirelessly to highlight urgent issues that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels during the elections.  We hosted many programs around the state to bring your voices to both Augusta and Washington.  We also offered …

— 1/9 Scam Alert: As the tax season approaches, individuals as well as small businesses need to be cautious of identity theft. Identity thieves use stolen Employer Identification Numbers to create fake W-2 Forms to file with fraudulent individual tax returns. Fraudsters also used these to open new lines of credit or obtain credit cards. Now, they are using company names to file fraudulent returns. Employers are warned to lookout for emails asking for sensitive W-2 information. If you believe you …