— 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 Washington for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4 p.m. PT 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 …

— Welcome to the homepage for the AARP Washington State Podcast. Our podcast focuses on health, wealth & self, and how we can make life after age 50 the best years of our lives. You can find us on iTunes and subscribe here. Or you can listen through any podcast app. Just search for “AARP Washington State Podcast”. Episodes in Season 1. 1. Being Happier with Gretchen Rubin 2. The Good News About Aging with Dr. Laura Carstensen 3. Meditation Master …

— By Chris Thomas An 89-year-old in Port Townsend receives an email that includes one of her account passwords. The sender demands $2,900 in bitcoins and threatens to notify her friends and family that she’s watching porn online. Of course she isn’t, she tells the AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center. She knows it’s a scam but has no idea how her password was stolen or what to do. A Seattle woman had her identity compromised after a family friend, hired to …

— Help Deter Identity Theft By Freezing Your Credit It’s gotten easier to protect your credit information. Time to finally do it by Doug Shadel, AARP The Magazine, June 2018 Placing a freeze on your credit data is one of the most effective ways to prevent identity thieves from using your info to steal. I recently went through this process and am here to guide you. Expect it to take 10 minutes of computer time per each adult in your household. …

— AARP Washington and financial cooperative BECU are offering document-shredding services to protect people and their financial assets from fraud. On Saturday, Oct. 20, free shredding and e-cycle events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at these locations: BECU Tukwila Financial Center, Everett Mall, BECU Federal Way Pavilions, Spokane’s North Town Mall on Division Street, and Spokane Valley Mall on East Indiana Avenue. Individuals may shred up to three grocery bags of documents containing sensitive personal information and …

— Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and selling your personal information online and on the dark web.  …

— There are many amazing charities out there that benefit from donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to capitalize on the generosity and good will of others by setting up fake charities and pocketing the donations. To ensure the organization you decide to donate to be worthy and doing the work they say, visit www.ftc.gov/charity for ways to verify charities. If you have doubts, there’s always the option to give directly to smaller local charities where you can more easily see the …

— As we enter the second half of summer, many companies have mid-season sales with amazing deals. But if a sale looks too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of websites that sell high-end name brand products at a fraction of the retail price. Through these fake websites, scammers can sell knock-off products to unknowing consumers, or worse, take your credit card information and never send the items you purchased. Please be vigilant in scoping out only true online …

—         Is Your Identity up for Grabs? Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and …

— Is Your Identity up for Grabs? Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and selling your personal information …