PLEASE READ: This is a time of great uncertainty for all of us as we confront the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and work to keep ourselves and our families safe. At this time, AARP Maine, out of a preponderance of caution, has made the decision to suspend all community programs through December 2020. We appreciate your understanding. Please visit www.aarp.org/coronavirus for the latest information about the outbreak, what public agencies are doing and how you and your families can protect yourselves. If you have specific questions, you can call the Maine 211 Hotline that has been set up to provide Maine- based information.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now working with private debt collectors to recover unpaid tax debts. Scammers could attempt to capitalize on potential confusion created by this new development. If you have a long overdue tax account, the IRS will first send you a letter to inform you that it is turning your account over to a debt collector. Then you will receive a letter from the debt collector before they contact you by phone. The only way to pay your debt is electronically or by check, payable to the US Treasury. If you don’t owe overdue taxes, a tax debt collector will not contact you. If you get a call from someone claiming to be collecting overdue taxes, hang up.
AARP Mississippi is inviting all Veterans in the area to attend the AARP Veterans Town Hall on Thursday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at The Arena at Southaven, located on 7360 Highway 51 North in Southaven.
Starting next April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin issuing Medicare cards that do not display Social Security numbers. New beneficiaries will get the modernized cards first, and then new cards will be issued to existing beneficiaries. This change presents an opening to scammers. If you get a call claiming to be from Medicare asking you to confirm your Social Security number for the new card, this is a scam! It is also a scam if you get a call claiming you have to pay for your new card. Hang up immediately.
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