— 10/17 SCAM ALERT It seems that everyone overshares on social media sites these days. But Sharers beware! Scammers have become increasingly smart and sneaky, using information people share online to find targets for their next scams. For example, if you share photos and status updates about your vacation out of the country, scammers may use this opportunity to contact your listed relatives pretending to be you, say you’re in trouble and ask for money, like in the classic grandparent scam. …

— Press release from Attorney General Mike Hunter OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in effect for all 77 counties after the state was recently hit by several rounds of heavy rain and storms, causing flooding, tornadoes and damage throughout the state. The law, also referred to as the price gouging statute, triggers automatically after a declaration of emergency and prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent for the price of …

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— As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Kentucky residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Kentucky and the AARP Fraud Watch Network 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 …

— Be on the lookout for scammers and fraudsters. DENVER (Sept. 27, 2018) – New Medicare cards have finally started to mail to Colorado’s Medicare beneficiaries. That’s good news, but the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), all part of  the Department of Regulatory Agencies, caution that scammers and fraudsters are using this to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors. “‘New card, same guard’ is what we’re telling people,” said Kimberly Latta, …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham: Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on voter-related activities as we edge toward the mid-term elections on November 6th.  We are collaborating with wonderful partners like Maine Revives Civility and …

— FEMA and Virginia Department of Emergency Management officials to answer questions  RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia, with guests from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, will hold a special telephone town hall on Friday to address Hurricane Florence Recovery and Scams.   AARP Virginia will dial out to about 70,000 households in southwestern and central Virginia at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. In a format similar to a radio call-in show, the agency …

— 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 …

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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 …

— August is winding down, which means the back-to-school season is upon us. With every change in season comes a potential for new scams. Scammers know that this a time when there is an increase in the number of purchases being placed for kids and grandkids. In this scam, they will send emails with a subject line such as “re: shipping info.” The subject line looks as though a company is sending confirmation of shipping details. But in reality, these types …

— Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale was in Denver recently to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from con artists. Missed it? No problem; see the full video here. For …