Mark your calendar – SATURDAY, JUNE 2. That is the date of the FREE annual document shredding event sponsored by AARP Foundation ElderWatch and the Black Forest Chapter 1100 of AARP. The shredding will be at the Black Forest Lutheran Church 12455 Black Forest Road. Please enter from Black Forest Road. The time is 9 am to 1 pm. Three boxes or paper bags of paper documents will be accepted per car. Please no plastic or 3-ring binders, as they cannot be recycled. You can FIGHT HUNGER at the same time with a nonperishable food or cash donation to the Black Forest Cares food pantry. Questions? Call Ray at 719.495.6767 or Stan at 719.596.6787.
This April, Medicare will begin to issue new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries. To help protect your identity, these new cards will no longer contain your Social Security number. Instead, Medicare will assign you a unique number that will be used for doctor visits and medical claims. As new cards start to get sent out, scammers might try to take advantage of this transition. The following is some information to help you from getting caught up in a Medicare card scam:
Online dating has become one of the most popular ways for people of all ages to meet friends, significant others and spouses. While most people have good intentions when using online dating websites, scammers also use the same sites to obtain money, gifts or personal information.
‘Tis the season for excessive shopping and since many people will purchase their holiday gifts online, this is a good time to brush up on some internet safety tips. Here are a few reminders for protecting your personal and financial information while shopping online:
Have you received a phone call or a postcard in the mail offering you a back brace or knee brace? It is not uncommon for Medicare beneficiaries to receive these types of solicitations, even when your doctor has not deemed a medical device necessary. Often the “salesperson” will tell you that the product will help you and it’s “free” because it’s “covered by Medicare.” They will also request lots of personal information, including your Social Security number. If you receive one of these solicitations here a few tips to remember:
Scammers may pose as relatives or friends, calling or sending messages to urge you to wire money immediately. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency – like getting out of jail, paying a hospital bill or needing to leave a foreign country. Their goal is to trick you into sending money before you realize it’s a scam.
Warm summer months often lead to more door-to-door solicitations. Regardless of if you believe the person at your door is a legitimate solicitor or not, it is important to remain skeptical and cautious about the stranger, especially if they are trying to sell you something. Scammers often try and solicit donations for charity, offer a home repair service or pose as a utility worker.
Americans age 50 and older face choices and pressures unlike those of any other age group – choices few could have prepared for. As the charitable affiliate of AARP, AARP Foundation is working with struggling people 50 and over so they can regain their confidence as good providers and members of their communities. The Foundation focuses on four priorities: hunger, income, housing and isolation.
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