—   En Español.  AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. And beginning in January, we will reach that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation takes effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s upcoming Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid …

— In an age where technology like computers and smartphones are used for just about everything, cybercriminals are getting good at targeting vulnerable populations and gaining access to confidential information. It’s important for you to learn how to avoid scams and take other steps in order to protect your privacy, and the privacy of your employees, clients, and loved ones. That’s why AARP members are invited to two FREE online safety sessions lead by experts at your local Microsoft store: Suite L108 Galleria Drive Buffalo NY, …

— There are several good reasons to shred confidential documents, but there aren’t always many opportunities to do so. Fortunately, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network will shred them for free! Throwing away un-shredded IDs, bank statements, voided checks, and credit card information gives criminals access to your identity, and the identities of your loved ones, employees, or customers. Save space and protect yourself. If you don’t have a shredder, come dispose of your old documents safely at one of AARP’s Operation Stop Scams …

— There are several good reasons to shred confidential documents, but there aren’t always many opportunities to do so. Fortunately, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network will shred them for free! Throwing away un-shredded IDs, bank statements, voided checks, and credit card information gives criminals access to your identity, and the identities of your loved ones, employees, or customers. Save space and protect yourself. If you don’t have a shredder, come dispose of your old documents safely at one of AARP’s Operation Stop …

— If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, don’t necessarily take them at their word. The IRS has reported a recent uptick in criminals who pretend to be from the bureau in an effort to scam people out of thousands of dollars over the phone. The caller will often threaten arrest or prosecution for unpaid taxes, even when you don’t have any, and then offer to waive those penalties in exchange for immediate cash. …

— Looking to liven up your home this summer? Re-pave the driveway or cut down that tree you’re afraid will get knocked down in a storm? Beware of scam artist contractors. When embarking on a home improvement project, it’s best to seek out a contractor instead of hiring someone who solicits you. Typically, sketchy contractors will knock on your door claiming to notice that you have a major problem that needs to be fixed immediately, and that they can fix it …

— Summer is moving season, so scams by moving companies are on the rise. Save yourself the aggravation of being forced to pay exorbitant prices at the risk of scammers holding, stealing, and selling all of your possessions. To avoid being scammed, always research your moving company to make sure it is legitimate. Look for reviews from real customers and proof that that company is registered with the Federal government and insured.   Remember to trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it …

— Summer is meant for relaxation and fun in the sun, but real estate fraud can be another unfortunate part of the season. Some scammers steal photos and descriptions from other listings and mysteriously disappear once they’ve got your money, so copy and paste a few lines of text and run a quick search to make sure the offer you’re considering is real. Strange area codes and addresses, or listings that use exceptionally poor English, are other red flags that the …

— By Andrea Atkins Muriel Norman thought it would never happen to her. But when a caller claiming to be from the Social Security Administration told her that her monthly checks would stop unless she provided key personal information, she complied. “I know Social Security doesn’t call people,” said Norman, 91, of Manhattan. “I said that to the man on the phone. But he said, ‘We mailed you something and you didn’t respond, so we’re following up with a phone call.’ …

— Have you ever received a suspicious email telling you that you’ve won a lot of money and have to pay a small processing fee to receive it? Or maybe you’ve gotten a call from “your grandson” saying he’s in jail and needs a lot of money to be bailed out? If so, you were probably the target of elder financial exploitation, the most common form of elder abuse. Affecting 42 out of every 1,000 New Yorkers 60 years and older …

— AARP Praises Bill by Senator Serino, Assemblywoman Lupardo; Also Urges Elected Leaders, Stakeholders to Develop Legislation to Fight Elder Financial Abuse ALBANY, N.Y. – A round-the-clock toll-free telephone hotline to report elder abuse would be established under a bill that has passed the New York State Legislature, and AARP applauded the move as a step toward combating a growing problem. The group praised the legislative Aging Committee Chairs, Senator Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, for pushing the bill, which …