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—  AARP New Mexico in June will once again offer free document shredding in two New Mexico communities as part of its annual Shredfest. The first event will be held June 1 in Las Cruces while the second event will take place June 8th in Santa Fe. “We are really excited to bring this event back for both our members and the general public,” said Gary Williams, AARP New Mexico Associate State Director for Community Outreach.  “We know that shredding your …

— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 5 p.m. MT Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5 p.m. MT 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 …

— AARP New Mexico is once again sponsoring two free document shredding events, in Las Cruces and Santa Fe, as part of AARP’s Operation: Stop Scams, done in connection with Smart Money Week, April 21st to April 28th. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself. “It’s not unheard of for scammers to shift through a person’s trash, no matter how icky, to find documents that contain your …

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— AARP New Mexico is conducting an Operation Stop Scams event, offering free document shredding, this Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Road, in Santa Fe, next to the old Sears building.  The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants are limited to two Xerox-type boxes or 50 pounds of materials. “This is the event we had hoped to have last April when that surprise snow storm shut things down,” said Gary Williams, AARP …

— Due to the threat of a major winter storm hitting New Mexico overnight, AARP New Mexico is postponing its Operation Stop Scams event, offering free document shredding, scheduled to be held at the Santa Fe Place Mall, in Santa Fe, on Saturday, April 29th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “We were ready to go and had everything in place but decided to error on the side of caution to ensure the safety of the public and our volunteers, and …

— For the first time, AARP will have a presence at the Santa Fe Indian Market both as a sponsor of the event as well as through its interactive booth near the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza. “AARP is always looking for new ways to engage with people and the Indian Market provides a unique opportunity to do just that,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. “People from all over the world come to see and purchase exceptional …

— Shredder can be your best friend in thwarting ID thieves By ELLEN MARKS Albuquerque Journal Shredding no-longer-needed documents is a key step in protecting yourself from identity theft. If you do your own destruction, the most effective tool is a cross-cut shredder, according to Consumer Reports. That’s because it slices papers both horizontally and vertically and cuts smaller pieces than the long, thin strips other shredders produce. (Strategic pieces of those strips can be pasted together by enterprising identity thieves.) …

— As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP New Mexico will join in “Shred Fest 2016” to help consumers safely dispose of their financial documents with free document shredding events in Santa Fe and Las Cruces that are open to the public. Both events are Saturday, April 30th. In Santa Fe, AARP New Mexico is joining with Del Norte Credit Union at Del Norte’s southside Santa Fe location, 3286 Cerrillos Road. Shredding …