— Exploring the possibility of turning your hobby into a business? Join AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, and SCORE  and find out how! Industry leaders will walk you through the steps to think about if you’re interested in making your hobby a business, including: Is your product or service marketable? How do you move beyond a fun pastime to a serious endeavor? What are the critical steps in building your business? Which on-line presence is best for you? This free, …

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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 …

— 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 …

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— The following is a reprint of a March 27, 2018 consumer alert from New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald: Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald has issued a consumer alert based on reports that scam artists are attempting to contact New Hampshire citizens seeking personal banking information. Recent news of a New Hampshire winner of a significant lottery prize has given rise to increasing attempts by scam artists to trick unsuspecting residents into providing sensitive personal information.  The Attorney General’s Office …

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— Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams.  Last year alone, 13.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft.  That’s one person victimized every two seconds! Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft.  One way to do this is to dispose of your personal information securely.  That is why AARP New Hampshire and Bank of New Hampshire  have teamed up to offer five shred-a-thons at these …

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— The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is experiencing a big uptick in complaints that scammers pretending to be the FTC are calling, emailing, texting and faxing. The scammers are claiming that either the targets have won a big prize or that they are in trouble and have to pay delinquent accounts. In fact, the Department of Justice recently announced that two scammers impersonating the FTC were found guilty of bilking victims out of more than $10 million. Know that the FTC …

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— As the price of prescription drugs continues to rise, you might find yourself searching online for more affordable medications. Beware of bogus companies that take your money and never send you the product.  Or worse, they send you a product that could cause you harm. Also, be sure to read the fine print on prescription drug coupons you find online. You might discover your purchase won’t count toward your deductible, or that the coupon expires after a certain number of …

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— As tax filing season rolls on, be on the lookout for the IRS imposter scam. You may get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and saying you owe a specific amount in taxes. They may even threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay immediately. It’s a scam.  Know the IRS will never call and demand immediate payment without first sending a notice through the mail. Nor will the IRS ever ask for credit or debit …