— By AARP Pennsylvania State President Joanne Grossi As AARP Pennsylvania’s state president, I have the privilege of helping shape strategic priorities, building community partnerships with key decision makers and serving as AARP’s spokesperson in Pennsylvania. That means I’m fighting for you and your family on issues that matter most. I’m very proud to be part of a team of talented AARP staff and dedicated volunteers working at the state capitol and in communities statewide.  I wanted you to know our …

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— Fight Back Against Fraud! Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Fight back against fraud! Join us for free shredding events in Pennsylvania. AARP Pennsylvania is hosting a number of free shredding events where shredding services will be available to securely destroy your documents containing personal and sensitive information. You can also learn how to protect yourself from fraud and scams. Shredding services are free of charge and are open to the public. …

— That all-inclusive vacation—is it too good to be true? How about the charmer you met online who professes love and then asks for money? Consumer advocate and AARP volunteer Mary Bach is sharing her expertise through a web-based video series called Outsmarting the Scammers. AARP Pennsylvania produces the videos, and Bach delivers no-nonsense advice on how to avoid classic scams as well as new ones. Pennsylvanians reported more than 80,000 cases of fraud to the Federal Trade Commission in 2015. …

— The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for scammers. Don’t put yourself at risk. Learn how to protect yourself from holiday scams. Here are five tips for avoiding holiday scams: Keep your eyes peeled for gift card cons. When purchasing gift cards, make sure to purchase from counter attendants or from customer service. Thieves will copy the codes on cards that are on display on a rack, then call for a card balance after the holidays. Once …

— An informed consumer is better prepared to avoid fraud, and AARP Pennsylvania wants residents to have the information they need to safeguard their money. The state office’s award-winning Consumer Issues Task Force promotes financial security and consumer protection by informing people about misleading and abusive marketplace practices. These AARP volunteers travel around the state giving free presentations to community groups on topics such as online safety, identity theft and investment fraud. Older Americans are particularly susceptible to fraud, according to …

— March has been a busy month for the staff and volunteers of AARP Pennsylvania! As the weather started to warm up, so did our community outreach efforts. Here are a few highlights of our recent activities in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties: The Philadelphia Flower Show AARP Pennsylvania was a proud sponsor of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Flower Show in Philadelphia, which ran from March 5th to March 13th. Staff and more than 30 volunteers spoke to attendees about Life …

—                 Join us for a free shredding day! AARP Pennsylvania and many of our partners are offering several free shredding events on April 25 and 30. Tax season is almost over, so you can bring your unwanted documents and files and watch them get shredded. These events are free and open to the public, no registration is required. We look forward to seeing you there! You can find locations below:   Bethlehem Shredder Event …

— What Scam Artists Don’t Want You to Know AARP Pennsylvanian recently hosted a discussion about fraud, featuring guest speakers Mary Bach and David Shallcross, on how to identify and avoid imposter scams. Mary Bach, a nationally recognized independent consumer advocate, serves as chair for the AARP PA Consumer Issues Task Force and has spoken out against fraud on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. David Shallcross is the Senior Community Liaison for the Pennsylvania Office of the …

— As people gears up for the holiday festivities, scammers are taking advantage of the season to rob people of more than just holiday cheer. For scammers, the holidays are the prime time to prey on shoppers. Don’t make their holidays happy. Learn how to protect yourself from holiday scammers and check out nine helpful tips right here:   Beware of travel scams. The holidays are a time to travel – whether to escape the cold or see distant family, but …

— Earlier this month, AARP Pennsylvania headed to the heart of Philadelphia’s Chinatown to promote the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which raises awareness about fraud and offers resources for consumer protection. AARP sponsored the Chinatown Night Market Yé Shí, a lively night consisting of food, arts & crafts, and entertainment. The event, hosted by Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, gave AARP the opportunity to speak to hundreds of visitors about fraud and consumer protection. AARP volunteers drew people to the AARP PA …