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— 10/17 SCAM ALERT It seems that everyone overshares on social media sites these days. But Sharers beware! Scammers have become increasingly smart and sneaky, using information people share online to find targets for their next scams. For example, if you share photos and status updates about your vacation out of the country, scammers may use this opportunity to contact your listed relatives pretending to be you, say you’re in trouble and ask for money, like in the classic grandparent scam. …

— 10/10 SCAM ALERT Technology has made it easy to build relationships with friends and family who live far away, as well as to start new romantic relationships with people met online. Many scammers will make fake online dating profiles to get close to victims, build a relationship with them online, and then ask for money to finally meet their love interest, start a new business idea, or claim they are in financial trouble and need help. While many people on …

— 10/3 SCAM ALERT In a recent cyber security scam, smartphone users receive a text from an unknown number with a message claiming a friend has written a compliment about them in a new app. The text message contains a link that prompts them to download the specific app on their phone. Online there may even be hundreds of glowing reviews for the app. But beware! In the fine print, downloading the app automatically grants it access to your contacts and …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham: Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on voter-related activities as we edge toward the mid-term elections on November 6th.  We are collaborating with wonderful partners like Maine Revives Civility and …

— 9/26 SCAM ALERT In a new scam, fraudsters may send an email that appears to be from a legitimate police department. The email claims that the recipient was caught speeding on a speed camera, and contains a link to pay the fine online. However, these emails and speeding fines are fake and scammers just use this as a way to steal unsuspecting, law abiding citizens’ money or gather personal information to later steal an identity or hack a computer. Remember, …

— How it works! You get a message through social media from a friend who you’ve known for years. They say that you’re the winner of a fabulous prize, and you only need to pay taxes and fees on a website before you receive the money, vacation or other unbelievable prize. Please be careful! If you pay the money, you’ll never receive the prize. If someone who is your friend in real life sends you a message like that over the …

— 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 …

— 9/12 SCAM ALERT Recently, people have been receiving phone calls from representatives claiming to be from their utility company. They claim the customer’s bill is overdue and that their power will be shut off immediately unless they pay the bill. The truth is that these “representatives” are just scammers trying to scare unsuspecting folks into paying fake bills through prepaid gift cards over the phone. If you get a call like this, please hang up and call the number you …

— How the pet adoption scam works: A new scam is preying on pet lovers: a social media post claims a dog or other animal is in need of a good home usually due to sad or unfortunate circumstances, such as its owner passed away or can’t afford to care for the animal anymore. They will try to lure you with winsome photos such as the one on the left.  The pet may be up for a reasonable adoption price, or …

— College is expensive as it is. Many parents and grandparents may be looking for ways to help their family members afford their education. Please beware of scholarship, financial aid and government grant scams.  Fraudsters guarantee to award a scholarship as long as you pay an upfront processing fee for their services, but then you never see any scholarship money. To apply for true federal student aid, use the FAFSA, the official online form which is free to submit. Save your …