— 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!

— If you’re looking for a loan or credit card but don’t think you’ll qualify, or have been turned down by a bank because of poor credit history, you may be tempted by ads and websites that guarantee loans or credit cards, regardless of your credit history. Know the offer is a scam when you apply for the loan or credit card and find out you have to pay a fee in advance. That fee is a tip off to a …

— 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 …

— FREE SHREDDING EVENT IN AUGUSTA IS SATURDAY, APRIL 27th from 10-2PM!   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 the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office to host a free shredding event in Augusta.  This event also includes safe disposal of your unwanted or expired medications.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions? Call Jane at 207-776-6301 or email me@aarp.org …

— Are you looking to make a get-away as spring arrives? Know that scam artists are out there looking to take advantage of deal-seeking travelers. Be leery of “free vacation” offers — there is often a catch, such as taxes and fees, mandatory presentations or add-ons. Stick to trusted sites if booking travel online, and never pay a deposit or other rental fees by wire transfer. Watch out for unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering too-good-to-be-true deals. Research businesses before committing …

— Scammers take full advantage of opportunities during tax filing season to make a fast buck. They commit tax identity theft by filing a phony tax return using victims’ personal information to get a refund. To protect yourself against this scam, file your return as early as possible, use a secure Internet connection if you file electronically, or mail your tax return directly from the post office. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a …

— Tax time is here again and so are the IRS impostors! Scammers posing as IRS agents or Treasury Department officials are continuing their deceptive ways. Know that the IRS will first contact you through the mail if you owe taxes. If you receive a phone call or suspicious email or text from the IRS, chances are it’s a scammer posing as an IRS agent. If you receive a scam call, hang up immediately and report the call to the IRS …

— AARP Maine is teaming up with county sheriff’s offices to host free shred-and-med events, where residents can dispose of documents and unwanted medications. Last year, Mainers shredded 80,000 pounds of papers and discarded thousands of expired or unused drugs at AARP events. They will be in Bangor Airport Mall on Union Street, Friday, April 26, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in Augusta, at the County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and in Portland, at the …

— DIALING SCAMS When making a phone call to an organization you know and trust, have you ever been greeted by an automatic recording that congratulates you for being selected to win a free prize or take a survey? We know to be suspicious of unwanted calls from scammers who claim we’ve won something, but what about when we make the call ourselves? Unfortunately, scammers purchase series’ of phone numbers that closely resemble the phone numbers of legitimate businesses. Scammers use …

— SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a convenient way to connect with friends and family, but scammers also use these platforms to find victims. Scammers often create fake profiles and pretend to either be someone you know, someone you want to know or an entity you trust. The following are some red flags that you might be targeted by a scammer on a social media platform: You receive a friend/follow request from someone you …

— JURY DUTY SCAMS Jury duty scams are one of the most common and tricky variations of impostor scams out there. Typically these scams begin with a phone call claiming you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. The scammer might ask you for personal information, such as your Social Security number, to verify your identity. Additionally, the scammer might ask you to pay a fine via wire transfer, gift card or credit …