— 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 Maryland for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

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—   Update: thanks to all who came out to our exciting and informative event with Frank! If you missed it or would like to relive the day, watch Frank’s complete presentation on our YouTube page. You can also listen to a recording of our special Fraud Watch Network teletown hall with Frank on our Vekeo page. *** Everyone is at risk for falling victim to fraud and scams. Don’t miss AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale (the inspiration for …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7– 7:30 p.m. ET Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

—       xFraud targeting taxpayers continues to run rampant nationwide. Watch out for these two tax crimes making headlines: tax identity theft and the IRS impostor scam. TAX ID THEFT What is it? Your personal information is stolen for a fraudulent refund. More specifically, tax identity theft can involve: filing a tax return using another person’s Social Security number, claiming someone else’s children as dependents, or claiming a tax refund using a deceased taxpayer’s information. Learn more about tax …

— Don’t just toss your sensitive documents…shred ’em for free with AARP! We also have a wealth of valuable information at our AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops about how to stay savvy to the latest scams out there and how to keep yourself and loved ones safe. Our shreds and workshops (often combined) are must-attend events that you don’t want to miss! When it comes to our shredding events, please remember: no businesses please, and make sure to remove all plastic …

— AARP Maryland has teamed up with Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) to cosponsor a workshop on Thursday, June 15, to help Baltimore-area residents avoid financial abuse. In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh among the states in per capita complaints of fraud and identity theft filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Con artists often target people who have been building a nest egg for years. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center, …

— AARP Maryland and Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) invite Baltimore County area residents to learn about preventing elder abuse and take time to shred unneeded documents for free during an event on Thursday, June 15. The shred will take place as part of the BC-REST World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum. Register for free for this event! The event will be held at the Randallstown Community Center (3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD). The Forum time will be 9:30 …

— AARP Maryland volunteers make a real difference in the community every day, whether it’s through teaching community groups about fraud, advocating for caregivers, helping at a health fair or hosting a shredding event. You can chair an event committee or serve as a greeter — we need all of your talents! As a volunteer you are free to choose how much time you would like to give. Most volunteer from two to four hours a week, either on a regular …

— On Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, join AARP Maryland and the Baltimore County Department of Aging at the 2016 Baby Boomer and Senior Expo for the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. Under the theme, “Discover the Power of Age!”, more than 300 vendors and exhibiters delight, inform and inspire the thousands of older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals in attendance. Stop by and visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network exhibit for important information on how to protect yourself …

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— Guest Blogger and AARP Maryland volunteer Jim Gutman shares tips on how to spot and fight fraud. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are in Maryland when it comes to frauds and scams. Whether they come via e-mail or phone or some combination of the two, frauds targeting our bank accounts, credit cards and other personal information are proliferating. And even the most innocuous-seeming communication can contain the seeds for identity theft or worse if you’re not careful. As a semi-retired …

— Marylanders who visit the Power of Age Expo in Baltimore County can get a taste of the many pleasures that being 50-plus has to offer. There will be continuous entertainment, silent auctions, health screenings, a job fair and more. At the AARP Maryland booth, expo-goers can learn about a new state law that helps family caregivers, and how the AARP Fraud Watch Network can help them avoid scams. Maryland ranks ninth in the nation in fraud complaints per capita and …