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— New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly.  Identity theft and other scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  Last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion dollars to fraud and scams.  In fact, every two seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. What tricks do con artists use to steal your money?  How can you outsmart scammers before they strike?  Beat the con artists at their game.  Check out this month’s scam alerts and don’t get taken …

— 1/2 Scam Alert: Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about phone call scams in which impersonators are copying Social Security Administration’s (SSA) 1-800 number so that it appears as a legitimate call on a caller-ID screen. These scammers then identify themselves as SSA employees, request a person’s Social Security number and threaten to terminate the person’s benefits for phony reasons. If you receive a call like this, do NOT provide any personal information. Instead …

— State retirees paid into Social Security throughout their working lives and now count on it to make ends meet. What they don’t appreciate is having to pay state taxes on that vital retirement money. But Utah is one of 13 states that tax Social Security income. AARP Utah is urging legislators to remove at least part of this tax on older residents. Members can press lawmakers on the issue during the 45-day session that starts Jan. 28 and also fight …

— Lately, scammers have been spoofing phone numbers of banks, doctor’s offices and other official agencies. Spoofing means that a scammer’s phone number will show up on your caller ID as an official number. Scammers have been doing this with the 1-800 number for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to try and collect vital personal information from people in order to steal their identities. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network was debriefed by the Office of Acting Inspector General (OIG) about …

— November AARP Bulletin Special Report: Are Social Security Benefits Safe? AARP dispels myths and reveals financial health of America’s “most important” federal program. A special report in the November issue of AARP Bulletin reveals important truths about Social Security, how it works, and its financial health. In the publication, AARP takes a deep dive into the current and future state of Social Security and addresses people’s misconceptions and questions – like whether you can change your mind about collecting benefits (you can, …

—    Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/ The Wounded Warriors …

— An Extraordinary Election Season With the 2018 election season finally over, AARP Maine is taking a look back at all the amazing ways our volunteers and members worked with us to infuse important issues into the political arena. Our office hosted televised debates in Portland and Bangor, and held community conversations on health care and other issues in multiple locations from York to Aroostook counties. We hosted the candidates for US Senate at our Annual Meeting in Hallowell. We also …

— AARP  Oregon is hosting a free lunchtime workshop, Ready, Set, Retire! at 11:30 November 14 at the Chemeketa Eola/Northwest Wine Studies Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW Salem, OR 97304. According to recent research by DHM Research in Portland, more than half (65%) of Oregonians feel at least “somewhat” anxious that they will have enough money to live through their retirement years. “It’s important while we’re still working to assess our retirement readiness,” said Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Communications Director. …

AARP Nevada election poll 2018

— Senate Candidates Heller & Rosen in Statistical Tie Among Nevada 50-Plus Voters; Older Voters Oppose Ballot Question 3 Nevada voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over education, health care, and the economy according to a newly released AARP poll. The poll found the state’s lagging educational system and overall concern over health care are critically important issues to 50-plus voters as they cast their ballots this fall. In addition, a strong bi-partisan majority oppose Ballot Question …

— A newly-released Politico-AARP poll shows Pennsylvania voters age 50 and over believe health care and protecting the future of Social Security will be the most important issues in determining how they cast ballots in next month’s mid-term elections. “Voters age 50 and over will once again most likely decide the mid-term elections, said Bill Johnston-Walsh, AARP’s Pennsylvania state director. “Candidates that connect with older voters should enjoy a significant advantage at the ballot box next month.” AARP has teamed with …