— The New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program is now taking applications for the 2018 class.  A collaboration among AARP New Hampshire, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH , and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the program is designed for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who want to advocate for older adults in New Hampshire.  Application deadline is February 23. Members of the 2018 class should represent diverse backgrounds, ages and geographic regions of the state.  Participants …

— Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone.  Be a fraud fighter!  If you can …

— The Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition has launched an Accessorize the Valley campaign to inform homeowners about possible benefits of building an accessory dwelling unit. These small, independent housing units are often intended for an aging parent or a caregiver. A 2017 state law requires local governments to allow construction of accessory dwelling units in areas zoned for single-family homes. The unit could be a studio apartment built above a garage or an in-law suite added as a wing of …

— Scam artists set up fake websites offering anything you could want to buy as gifts around the holidays, at prices that are too good to be true. And guess what? They are! You’ll never receive the gift you thought you bought, and the scammers could turn around and use your credit card information for their own purchases. Stick to well-known shopping sites, and always type in the web address, rather than clicking from a link to the retailer.  Be a …

— They steal billions from Americans like you every year.  In fact, Americans lost $16 billion of their hard-earned dollars last year to identity fraud. The AARP Fraud Watch Network and People’s United Bank are working together to provide you with the tools and resources you need to fight back.  Join us for a discussion about how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  It’s free of charge for everyone – members, …

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— New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly.  Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  Every 2 seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity.  In the last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion of their hard-earned dollars to fraud, identity theft and scams. That is why AARP New Hampshire has organized a volunteer corps of Fraud Fighters – in most regions of the state – dedicated to educating Granite Staters on the …

— A November 14, 2017 news release from Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald offers the following information.  This is being reprinted with permission. Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald today announced that New Hampshire residents who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the US Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program. This fund is related to a multi-state settlement with the New Hampshire …

— What follows is a news release from New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, dated November 13, reprinted with permission. Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces a settlement between 24 states, including New Hampshire, and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution. The settlement resolves allegations that VietNow misrepresented its charitable programs to donors.  A receiver will be appointed to dissolve the organization.  The settlement includes an injunction order against VietNow’s directors and officers and …

— Vehicles that get damaged in floods and hurricanes can be shipped across the country to be re-sold to unknowing consumers. If you are in the market for a used car, look for signs of flooding, such as water stains or fogged headlights and taillights. If you smell mildew, walk away. Do you smell disinfectant? It may be a sign of a mold cover-up. You can also check the vehicle’s history by typing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into a free …

— AARP New Hampshire honored volunteers at a celebratory luncheon held today at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester.  The most prestigious volunteer award, the Andrus Award for Community Service, was presented to John Larrabee, a respected leader in his community of Eastman. Others honored were Andrus Award finalists; Driver Safety, Tax-Aide and Advocacy Volunteers of the Year; Retired Educator of the Year; and Community Partner of the Year. The Andrus Award for Community Service, named after AARP’s founder …