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— Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams.  Last year alone, 13.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft.  That’s one person victimized every two seconds! Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft.  One way to do this is to dispose of your personal information securely.  That is why AARP New Hampshire and Bank of New Hampshire  have teamed up to offer five shred-a-thons at these …

— With tax-filing season a prime time for identity theft scammers to prey on unsuspecting consumers, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is reminding Idaho taxpayers that submitting their tax returns as soon as is practical can greatly reduce their chances of being victimized by a fraudulent return. This scam occurs when a fraudster steals your Social Security number and files a tax return in your name to claim a fraudulent refund. While consumers must be constantly vigilant to guard against falling …

— AARP wants to make sure that L-O-V-E is the only thing in the air this Valentine’s Day! Unfortunately, cupid isn’t the only one taking aim at you. Scammers and con artists take advantage of people who are looking for love. Here are some things to look out for so you can stay safe and enjoy your special day: 1. You’ve Got Mail While receiving an e-card may seem sweet and legitimate, it also could be a trap and a source of …

— You know what they say: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Whether the scam involves phony winnings from a fake sweepstakes or a threat to have you arrested for supposed non-payment of taxes, information is the key to foiling scam artists. Attend this Fraud Watch lunch and learn to hear from the attorney general’s office and local law enforcement about the most prevalent scams locally, what to watch out for, and proactive steps you can …

— 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 …

— 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. When meeting people online, it is important that you use a reputable website and always consider the possibility that the love interest you are chatting with might be a scammer. The following are some …

— Nearly four in ten (39 percent) Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) age 50 and older report that they or their family members have experienced fraud schemes, according to the recent fraud survey from AARP. Additionally, one-third (33 percent) of victims lost $15,000 on average. Non-financial costs are even more widespread, with most fraud victims (72 percent) experiencing some sort of emotional, physical or mental health impact, including anger, stress and anxiety, difficulty sleeping and shame. “Everyone in the AAPI …

— 1/31 SCAM ALERT As tax filing season gears up, be on the lookout for the IRS imposter scam. You get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, saying you owe a specific amount in taxes, and may threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay immediately. Know the IRS will never call and demand immediate payment without first sending a notice through the mail. Nor will the IRS ever ask for credit or debit cards over the …

— 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 …