— 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 …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that benefit local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities and other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Projects may range in scale from small, short-term activities costing hundreds of dollars to …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today concluded its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams with a warning to taxpayers to remain vigilant about these aggressive and evolving schemes throughout the year. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” list highlights a wide variety of schemes that taxpayers may encounter throughout the year, many of which peak during tax-filing season. The schemes can run the gamut from simple refund inflation scams to technical tax shelter deals. A common theme throughout these: Scams …

— Join our online Q&A sessions to learn how to age-proof your career. As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. What are you doing to help employers recognize them? Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your current company or thinking about a career change, you want to showcase your skills with confidence. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions, Age-Proof Your Career for simple tips and tools to help you …

— 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 …

— Are you a caregiver in the Ogden in need of some respite, rest, and resources?  Come to a free educational series designed to help with all of that!  Starting Friday, March 16, 2018 and continuing every Friday through May 4, 2018, this conference will delve into such “real world” issues for caregivers, as follows: 3/16/2018  “It’s Been Lovely, but I Have to Scream Now! 3/23/2018  “What the Heck is Snoezelen?” 3/30/2018  “Pop!  Goes the Memory” 4/06/2018  “Working Family Councils” 4/13/2018  …

— 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 …