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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 …

— Data breaches are now so commonplace that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But even if your personal information is out there, you can protect your identity with these simple but important steps.   Rethink Your Passwords Use unique passwords for each of your online accounts. That way, if one account is hacked, it doesn’t put your other accounts at risk. A good way to manage all of those different passwords is to use a digital password manager. These …

— On an almost daily basis, there is a headline in the news about yet another data breach. While these events have become almost routine, it is still important to be sure to protect your identity from scammers. You can ensure your information stays safe by following these three steps that can make all the difference when a data breach happens. Rethink Your Passwords: Use unique passwords for each of your online accounts. That way, if one account is hacked, it …

— How it works! You get a message through social media from a friend who you’ve known for years. They say that you’re the winner of a fabulous prize, and you only need to pay taxes and fees on a website before you receive the money, vacation or other unbelievable prize. Please be careful! If you pay the money, you’ll never receive the prize. If someone who is your friend in real life sends you a message like that over the …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families.  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with community partners to host free shredding events.  Some of our events will also include medication disposal .  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and Social Security and/or driver’s …

— In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP/Iowa Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Iowa residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, AARP/Iowa and the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal …

— Technology is at a level that people hundreds of years ago would have never imagined. With this new level of tech comes more and more ways to breach your personal security. Companies with millions of dollars in assets and products have even fallen victim to data breaches and loss of information. Protecting your digital identity is becoming ever important. AARP Maryland and the AARP Fraud Watch Network launched a campaign to raise the awareness of identity theft risks and educate …

— Our grandparents are often among the most important people in our lives. As we celebrate them on September 9, know that they are at risk of the “grandparent scam.” Here’s how grandparents are targeted.   How it works: You get a frantic call from someone claiming to be your grandson or granddaughter.  The caller says there’s an emergency and asks you to send money right away. But there’s a good chance this is an imposter trying to steal your money through …

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— As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that an alarming number of people have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information. Reports of data breaches have become commonplace — from Equifax one year ago, to Target, to Uber, to Home Depot. According to the …

— There is no soundtrack. No pomp. No circumstance. No paparazzi. When you first see Frank Abagnale, what you see is not what you expect. He’s friendly, quiet, unassuming, and most surprisingly, still remorseful. In late July, Abagnale was the keynote speaker at the AARP Virginia Fraud Watch Event in Virginia Beach.  He presented to an audience of over two hundred on “How To Avoid Scams, Protect Families From Fraud.” This year marked his fourth tour with AARP across the country. …