— Lately, it seems that you can’t go one day without hearing about the tremendous gains (and losses) of Bitcoin and other popular “virtual currencies.” While high returns make them intriguing as an investment, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) wants you to be aware of the possible risks associated with investing or speculating in virtual currencies. Here’s information straight from the CFTC: What You Should Know: Virtual currency is a type of unregulated digital money that is used and …

— Did you know? This Maine law can help protect your identity – for free! Even with a data breach such as the reported by Equifax in 2017, turning on a credit freeze can minimize damage from the data theft. Each of us has a credit report (or credit “file”) which compiles our credit history – bank loans, credit cards mortgages, etc. – into one place.  This credit report is used by banks and lenders to determine our worthiness as borrowers. Before buying a …

— 2/14 SCAM ALERT It’s Valentine’s Day, and time to watch out for the “Sweetheart Scam” targeting people on dating websites.  Be careful about what information you reveal on social networks. On dating sites, take extra care.  If someone asks for money – particularly money that must be wired or provided by a credit card – it is probably a scam.  Beware what you share.  This Valentine’s Day, we want Cupid’s arrow to strike your heart, not your wallet. Be a …

— As we enter tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the signs that point to possible tax identity theft. How it works: Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job. What you should know: If the IRS receives a duplicate tax return filing using your Social Security number, you will receive a written notice through the mail. Likewise, the IRS will send a notice if …

—   This is a true victim’s account of an online Romance Scam. My name is Jane Doe. I am not dead but I almost died last year. I was a victim of a “romance scam” by a man I met on e-Harmony and who scammed me out of over $1 million last spring.  I am going to tell you what happened and who I am today as a result of this financial reversal. I am 63 years old and live …

— March 6, 2018 – Schewel Hall, Lynchburg College – 8AM to 3PM Plan to join us for a conference on SCAMS and Financial Exploitation. This event is being offered in an effort to reduce victimization of older adults and provide tips for professionals who work with them.The event is a direct response to an increase in financial exploitation of older adults in southwestern Virginia. Brought to you by the Beard Center on Aging, AARP Virginia  and the Senior News Magazine …

— Chief Judge for Federal Bankruptcy Court to Serve in Lead Volunteer Role AARP has appointed the Honorable Randolph Baxter (ret.), past Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court of Northern District of Ohio, to the top volunteer position in Ohio. As the new State President for Ohio, Baxter will serve as a spokesperson for AARP Ohio with the media, opinion leaders, legislators and the public. He will also chair the AARP Ohio Executive Council, a volunteer leadership committee that …

— We’re all too familiar with how pervasive scams are in today’s marketplace.  Whether it’s the IRS Imposter Scam, the Tech Support Scam, or that winning lottery check waiting for you – just pay shipping and handling… But according to a new survey, con artists may be saving the worst of their pitches for a special group of Americans – those who have served our country. The new nationwide survey by AARP shows that military veterans are falling prey to scams …

— 1/24 SCAM ALERT Tech support scams happen over the phone and online. Typically, the goal of the scammer is to take control of your computer remotely, tell you that you have viruses that can be fixed for a fee, then get you to fork over your credit card number. If you get a tech support call out of the blue, hang up. Also, avoid clicking on pop-up notices that say you have a problem with your computer. If you are …

— 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 the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! In April, we are once again teaming up with the County Sheriff’s Offices in Augusta, Bangor and Portland.  Last year, we shredded over 50,000 pounds! Would you like to volunteer with us for …