— Boston – As a major federal government initiative is underway to issue new identification cards to the 1,289,320 Medicare beneficiaries in Massachusetts and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program.   In response, AARP Massachusetts is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams.   The year-long national effort to mail new ID …

— Document-Shredding Events Will Help Massachusetts Consumers Avoid Fraud Did you know that someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds?  AARP Massachusetts is doing our part to help you avoid identity theft and fraud by offering free Fraud Watch Network shredding events around the state from June through August. Shredding confidential documents is a good way to protect yourself from scammers. Shredding events are free and open to the public. Bring any confidential documents to our shredding events, and we’ll shred …

— Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.     The AARP Fraud Watch Network is: An Educator: Get real-time …

— On Thursday, Sept. 20, AARP Vermont and AARP Massachusetts will cosponsor a Scam Jam to help consumers in both states learn how to guard against fraud. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (D) and law enforcement officials from both states will discuss bogus investment deals, phone calls from impostor grandchildren, lottery scams and other ploys. The best prevention, experts say, is to become aware of how scams work so you can recognize them and avoid the traps. The free Scam Jam …

— By Jill Gambon Fran Lautenberger, a retired theater professor, doesn’t mind getting up in front of strangers and talking. Looking for volunteer opportunities after moving to Cape Cod from Alaska, she signed up with AARP Massachusetts to give workshops on fraud prevention. She liked the idea of learning something new and sharing the information with others. She went through training to master the material and now gives presentations to community groups and at libraries, senior centers and other venues. “I’m …

— Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is: An Educator: Get real-time alerts about …

— Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is: An Educator: Get real-time alerts about …

— Regarding S.B. 2455: An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports “Today, consumers are another step closer to having meaningful protections from identity theft. On behalf of 800,000 AARP members in Massachusetts and as the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing the interests of Americans age 50 and older and their families, we praise the Senate for passing An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports. One of the key provisions …

— New Poll Highlights Finds 1 in 4 Americans Often Not Prepared to Face Aggressive Scammers As tax time approaches, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Massachusetts are joining in efforts to help Commonwealth taxpayers avoid criminal imposters who aim to defraud them.  The problem is serious, with the Federal Trade Commission reporting that tax fraud ranked second in 2017 in types of identity theft reported, as over 82,000 reports were made last year.  But a new poll from AARP, which …

— SCAM ALERT #1 Medicare is sending out new cards to beneficiaries starting this month and running through April 2019. The new cards will no longer list the beneficiary’s Social Security number, making them much safer. However, the change gives scammers an opportunity. If you get a call purporting to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saying you either have to confirm your Social Security number or pay for your new card, hang up. The new cards are …