— AARP Utah and Fox 13 held our four annual shredding event in Midvale and Ogden, and it was a rousing success!  Unfortunately, so many of you came out to shred that Shred-it’s trucks in Midvale were filled to capacity before everyone made it through the line.  Therefore, they’ve generously offered their services to those people who came out but weren’t able to shred their documents on July 14. Please come to 4325 Commercial Way between 10:00am–2:00pm, Monday-Friday of this week …

— Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen, but you can help protect yourself against fraud by shredding sensitive documents you no longer need, such as old tax returns, bank statements, credit card information or offers, health records, and employment forms–anything that contains your personal identifying information that thieves can use to steal your identity. If you don’t need it anymore, shred it!  Identity thieves and con artists search through trash cans for discarded documents that can contain a treasure trove …

— Join AARP Utah for Real Possibilities University, an exciting free program featuring expert keynote speakers on how to keep your brain fit and memory sharp, and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. Keynote speakers Dr. Kevin Duff of the University of Utah’s Brain Institute will discuss how to keep your brain sharp and improve your memory, and an expert from the Utah Commerce Department will outline common scams in the state, how to spot and avoid fraud, and how to …

— Would you believe that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP Utah and that is why we are participating in AARP’s nationwide Operation: Stop Scams on May 5 at Mountain View High School in Orem, where we will be holding a free shredding event open to the public of all ages, regardless of AARP membership. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5– 5:30 p.m. MT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— There is good news for those of you on Medicare–new cards will be issued on April 1 that don’t have your Social Security number on them, which in the past has exposed beneficiaries to possible identity theft.  The bad news?  Scammers will take advantage of this fact to pose as Medicare employees, calling you and claiming that you need to pay for a new temporary card–sometimes stating that this new card will cost $50.  To “process” it, they’ll ask for …

— Scammers are now going to the Social Security Administration website and setting up “my Social Security” accounts of workers that are of retirement age in an attempt to steal their retirement benefits. People age 62 and older face the highest risk of this scam. How It Works: Scammers get a hold of personal information, including Social Security numbers, and head to www.ssa.gov to open a “my Social Security” account in victims’ names. They apply for funds, requesting a lump sum …

— Brain fitness and fraud prevention—top concerns in Utah—will be the focus at a Real Possibilities University in West Valley City this month. State agencies will provide fraud-prevention advice, and the University of Utah Brain Institute will offer tips on brain health and strategies to improve memory. Other sessions will focus on staying fit, healthy eating, and preparing wills and trusts. Sponsored by AARP Utah, the free event is Thursday, March 22, 5-7:30 p.m. (with check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m.) at …

—   by Kristin Keckeisen of the AARP Fraud Watch Network Massive data breaches, a major Medicare card scam, new forms of phishing: there were lots of big scam stories this past year, but hope for some scam victims. A look back: The Equifax data breach. A staggering 143 million Americans had their information compromised. Though this doesn’t mean you are automatically a victim of identity theft, vigilance is key, and the best way to do that is to monitor your …

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go …