—   From Kristin Keckeisen of the AARP Fraud Watch Network Our Fraud Watch Network Help Line has been fielding lots of calls about the “Say Yes” scam. News reports have warned that a fraudster will call and ask a question to get the victim to say yes. The scammer records that affirmation to use it to authorize unwanted charges to a phone bill, utility bill, or even a stolen credit card. While many people report that they are getting calls …

— WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure …

— Food for Thought – last Wednesday of every month 1:00 – 2:00pm First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette Street, Denver Please feel free to join us for a pot luck lunch at 11:30a before the presentation.  Please bring a dish to share!   Wednesday, August 26:  Hospice Volunteering Passing from this life should be both dignified and comfortable. Patti Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator from Suncrest Hospice, will discuss how to be an essential member of this process through volunteerism. A volunteer supports …

— New research shows 10 common mistakes Americans regularly make that increase the likelihood of becoming victims of fraud and ID Theft.  AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel recently interviewed a convicted ID thief who ran up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges on one woman’s accounts. In chilling detail, “Alice” told him how easy it was to pull off. Here are some ways we leave our sensitive financial and personal data open to the “Alices” of the world.  Using non-locking mailboxes. …

— Every day, Granite Staters lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams.  Last year alone, 12.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft.  That’s one person victimized every two seconds! Education is the first line of defense against scams.  And that is why AARP New Hampshire is offering a SCAM JAM to teach you the three Rs of fraud:  recognize, resist and report. Learn how to fight back and protect yourself, your family and your friends.  Join …