— 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 New Hampshire. We hope you’ll join us!

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— 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 …

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— As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that an alarming number of people have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information. Reports of data breaches have become commonplace — from Equifax one year ago, to Target, to Uber, to Home Depot. According to the …

— As a major federal government initiative is underway to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. The year-long national effort to mail new ID cards to 58 …

— The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation is warning New Hampshire residents of romance scammers, con artists who create believable profiles, entice people into online relationships, establish a level of trust, and scam their victims by exploiting the relationship for money. Online romance scams have become increasingly pervasive because the scammers can easily use the anonymity of the internet to mask their deceptive personas. Most often, these scams begin with some kind of invitation to chat using a social media …

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— Elder abuse can happen anywhere, anytime.  It is estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion each year to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook.  It can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence.  But only 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it!  June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Elders, family members, caregivers and providers are encouraged …

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— As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the nation’s 58 million Medicare beneficiaries, 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 has launched an educationsl campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. The year-long effort to mail new ID cards to Medicare recipients began this month. The redesigned …

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— Scammers are now going to the federal Social Security website and setting up a “my Social Security” account of citizens that are of retirement age. They hijack their accounts by setting up the accounts before the Social Security number owner does, and then they apply for funds. The scammers request a lump sum payout be transferred to their own accounts, then they withdraw the money and immediately buy gift cards.  Beat scammers to the punch by setting up your own …

— AARP has launched The Perfect Scam, a weekly podcast profiling America’s most shocking consumer scam stories. The show is cohosted by Will Johnson, an award-winning producer and veteran podcast host, and AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, an FBI fraud consultant whose story was told in a hit book and movie Catch Me If You Can. In the 12-episode series, Abagnale and Johnson pull back the curtain on how ordinary consumers are victimized by scammers. Each episode includes interviews with victims, …

— The following is a reprint of an April 4, 2018 consumer alert from New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald: Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald warns New Hampshire residents that scam calls are on the increase throughout New Hampshire.  In the last few days, the Attorney General’s Office has received over 90 complaints related to IRS scams.  Many of these calls are being directed to senior citizens.  In the past few years, there have been a flood of these calls to …