— 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 Mexico. We hope you’ll join us!

— 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 …

— AARP New Mexico is sponsoring fraud prevention seminars from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on July 14 at the Best Western Sally Port Inn & Suites in Roswell, July 16 at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas (N.M.) and Aug. 27 at the Best Western Stevens Inn in Carlsbad. Presenters will offer common-sense tips on how to avoid scams. To register, call 877-926-8300 toll-free. To sign up for watchdog alerts about scams in New Mexico, go to fraudwatchnetwork.org.

— While Memorial Day marks the official kick-off to summer and people’s thoughts turn to travel and family barbecues, AARP New Mexico volunteers and staff will spend part of their summer on the road driving around the state helping to answer people’s questions about Social Security and sharing tips on how to spot a scam and prevent identity theft. Participants will also be brought up to date on a new law that can help family caregivers be included more in the …

— AARP New Mexico will be conducting a Scam Jam this weekend designed to help you protect yourself from identity theft, fraud and scams, all while getting your sensitive financial documents shredded for free. This family oriented event will be Saturday, May 30th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque. “We want to provide people with as much information as possible so they can protect themselves before fraud occurs,” said Shanna Lapsley, AARP New Mexico Associate …