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— 12/12 Scam Alert: Over 500,000 people start seasonal jobs during the holiday season. Scammers like to take advantage of seasonal workers by posing as potential employers on third-party websites. When prospective employees apply for these job listings, they will be asked to provide personal information such as their date of birth, address and social security number for “verification purposes.” Scammers can then use this information to steal your identity. One big red flag to look out for is a job …

— 12/5 Scam Alert: As we near the holiday season, online shopping increases and so do online scams. Only use trusted sites to make online transactions and be wary of steeply discounted items. Sometimes scammers will attempt to lure you into making a purchase with phony online sales.  In addition, if you plan to buy or sell your own goods online, use a website or app that uses proper safety measures to ensure that you don’t lose your money in the …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— Did you know? This simple step can help to protect your identity – for free! Even with a data breach such as the one recently reported by Marriott International, turning on a credit freeze can minimize damage from the data theft. Each of us has a credit report (or credit “file”) which compiles our credit history – bank loans, credit cards mortgages, etc. – into one place.  This credit report is used by banks and lenders to determine our worthiness as …

— 11/28 Scam Alert: With holiday season upon us, scammers have plenty of inroads to steal our money and event he gifts we send. Here are some way to protect yourself: When shopping online, use well-known sites and type in the web address yourself, instead of clicking on a link. Buy gift cards online from the retailer or from the cashier, to avoid compromised cards that may be sitting on gift card racks. Require a delivery signature for packages to avoid …

— 11/21 Scam Alert: Even though we are still several weeks away from tax season, scammers are hard at work trying to scare you into paying back taxes and other IRS “penalties” all year round. If you receive a call saying something like “Urgent! We found that fraud was committed on your last tax filing which you are hiding from the Federal Government,” please hang up. Scammers are very good at making you feel you did something wrong, especially when they …

— 11/14 Scam Alert: Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7th, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. You may see one in the newspaper offering a free power chair, or a TV infomercial claiming you can get anything to ease your pain with no money out of pocket. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. If you have any questions about …

— 11/7 Scam Alert: Every November we celebrate Veterans Day and this year is especially meaningful as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. In a shameful twist, scammers see honoring veterans as a perfect time to call across the country pretending to represent charities benefiting our nation’s heroes. Scammers often use sound-alike names (or invent authentic “organizations”) to solicit funds. Before donating, verify each charity by checking their names and reputations at give.org or www.charitynavigator.org.  This Veteran’s Day, we …

—   CONTACT: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   Maine Consumers Unknowingly Putting Their Digital Identities at Risk, Says New Survey In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP Maine Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information   PORTLAND – As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Maine residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Maine …

— 10/31 SCAM ALERT When Halloween draws to a close, the winter holidays begin in full swing. But don’t let this social media scam dampen your spirits. In this pyramid scam, another user posts a status update about joining in a Secret Holiday gift exchange which promises that if you send one gift to a recipient, you will receive upwards of 30 gifts in return. However, these sorts of chain “gift exchanges” are considered to be a form of illegal gambling …