— 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 …

— 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 …

— Medicare Annual Enrollment runs through December 7, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Scammers are also taking advantage of the upcoming issuance of new Medicare cards – ones without your Social Security number on them. You don’t have to pay for the new card, which will start rolling out in April.  Don’t share …

— The following fraud alert was issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General this morning and is reproduced below, with permission: Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Director Elizabeth Bieleki, New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles, have issued a fraud alert warning of a scam email pretending to come from the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles.  The fake email notifies the recipient that he or she was cited with a traffic violation and then demands payment of the fine within …

—   Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit bureaus, recently announced that a data breach likely compromised the information of approximately 143 million Americans.  The media swirl that ensured has left many people confused and alarmed. What You Should Know As a credit-reporting agency, Equifax collects information about consumers and how we handle our financial obligations. Equifax and other credit bureaus sell this information to lenders and credit-scoring companies to determine our eligibility for loans and lines of credit, …