— 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 South Dakota for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us! To register, click the links below or call 1-844-227-9304.

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— The AARP Fraud Watch Network was recently debriefed by the Office of the Acting Inspector General (OIG) of a new telephone scam that is becoming more prevalent by the day. Scammers are spoofing the Social Security Administration’s 1-800 number (which means they make it appears on your caller ID as if the actual federal agency is calling you) in order to get you to provide vital personal information. HOW IT WORKS:  The OIG advises that scammers are spoofing caller IDs …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6 p.m. CT 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 …

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— The battle to protect your identity is getting a little easier – or at least cheaper. A new law goes into effect September 21 that will make it free to lock your credit file by freezing it with the three major credit rating companies. In the past, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion have charged fees to freeze your credit reports to help protect against fraud. In states that have not already outlawed the fees, the freezes had cost from $2 to …

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— How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security or simply among those paying into the …

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— Scammers pretending to be from computer companies rely on successful tech support scams to steal your money, gain access to your computer and personal information, or both. HOW IT WORKS  You get a call or see a pop-up message on your computer warning that you have a virus (the caller will claim to be from Microsoft, Apple or another well-known tech company). They convince you to provide remote access to your computer so they can show you the ‘problem’ – …

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— All charity scams are deplorable, but those pretending to raise funds to support our nation’s veterans are particularly shameful. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission, along with state charities regulators, announced a major takedown of fake veteran charities. AARP is hosting the FTC for two hour long national telephone townhalls on the subject today at 9:10 am CT / 8:10 am MT and 1:00 pm CT / noon MT. If you’d like to listen in, dial 877-229-8493 and enter 13907 …

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— In 2016, there were over 3,600 reported complaints of interstate moving fraud. The offenses include taking goods hostage, overcharges, loss and damage, and insurance issues. The average loss claim was a jaw-dropping $8,000. HOW IT WORKS  Rogue movers typically give you a low estimate over the phone or online without ever seeing the goods you want moved. Once your items are on their truck, they demand more money. They force you to pay more if you want your goods back. …

— South Dakotans can worry a little less about identity theft, thanks to a new law backed by AARP South Dakota. Effective July 1, if a company or agency discovers a security breach, it must disclose that fact within 60 days to any South Dakotan whose personal information has been jeopardized. If the leak affects more than 250 residents, the state attorney general must be alerted. For fraud prevention tips, visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork, as well as …

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

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— Hail, wind, fire and tornadoes can make the summer months a dangerous time to live in South Dakota. Unfortunately for many of us, when it comes to natural disasters it may not be a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Before a storm, we recommend you visit Ready.gov for resources that can help you prepare your family, home and community for a possible emergency. AARP Live on RFD-TV also hosts two live call-in shows per year on the topic of disaster preparedness. …