—   AARP Oklahoma applauds today’s announcement of a historic $64 million rate reduction settlement agreement which will result in lower utility bills for OG&E customers beginning in July. AARP OK State Director Sean Voskuhl, Attorney General Mike Hunter, and Brandy Wreath, Director of Public Utilities Division for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, were present the for announcement. The rate case settlement agreement and the savings from the federal income tax cut, OG&E’s standard residential customers will see an average approximate reduction …

— The summer months are prime time for home repair scams. The general ruse involves someone coming to your door and offering to do work on your home, typically at a big discount. While not all door-to-door offers are scams, some are.  Do your research if an offer seems too good to be true.  We’ve heard from victims who’ve lost thousands of dollars to unscrupulous contractors and outright scammers. How it works: A con artist representing himself as a contractor comes …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 6 –6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job in …

— When a person is victimized by a scam, the victim is often portrayed as “falling for” something. This misses the part of the story of how skilled these criminals are at moving us to an emotional state, where our logical thinking takes a backseat. It also neglects how sophisticated many of these scams are. A fraud-savvy colleague and friend of mine recently became a victim of a credit card scam. Here’s how it played out. How It Works: A scammer …

— There are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! However, there are questionable characters out there who are trying to hook you on winning to reel in the profits for themselves. How It Works: You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings; You have to wire money to a well-known company to insure delivery of the prize; You have …

— With the tech support scam, you get an online popup or a call from a well-known tech company (like Microsoft or Apple) that a virus has been identified on your computer. The scammer convinces you that he can fix the problem for a fee. Victims who catch on and stop payment are now getting hit with an associated scam. How it works:   You cancel payment for the fake tech support you purchased only to receive an official-looking letter from a …

— AARP OK, REI Oklahoma and the Small Business Administration are hosting a Facebook Live Encore Entrepreneur event on Friday, May 4 at 10:30am. AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl, REI’s Jennifer Edwards, and SBA’s Pam Walker will share important information and resources so individuals can move their small business ideas forward. To submit questions and join in the discussion, go to https://www.facebook.com/AARPOK/. In addition, learn about three, free upcoming Encore Entrepreneur events in Tulsa, Shawnee, and Lawton. Encore Entrepreneur events are specifically designed for those age …

— AARP is asking the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reduce electric and gas rates by requiring utilities to pass recent tax savings on to consumers. Federal income tax reform enacted in December 2017 lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. In January, the commission ordered utility companies to keep track of tax savings and submit a plan to reduce their customers’ rates accordingly. Instead of lowering customers’ bills as expected, Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) has asked …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— A law passed in 2015 requires Medicare to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Beneficiaries will begin to receive their new cards in May, and the rollout will continue into 2019. This is a good move, since Social Security numbers are the key to identity theft, and having them displayed on Medicare cards has long presented risk. Unfortunately, scammers have come up with ways to take advantage of this change. How It Works: Scammers claiming to be from Medicare …