Do you know ways to help keep your aging loved ones from losing money to scams and fraud? We’ll share important information that could help you keep them safe during our free webinar.
Consumers, take note! Next Thursday, November 15 the Financial Fraud Institute will be holding a free fraud presentation with experts from federal and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies. They will outline steps to spot and avoid fraud, as well as provide information about what to do if you believe you have been the target of a scam. Register here or call 801-579-6191 to reserve your seat, as space in limited.
AARP Utah and Fox 13 held our four annual shredding event in Midvale and Ogden, and it was a rousing success! Unfortunately, so many of you came out to shred that Shred-it's trucks in Midvale were filled to capacity before everyone made it through the line. Therefore, they've generously offered their services to those people who came out but weren't able to shred their documents on July 14.
Every two seconds, someone's identity is stolen, but you can help protect yourself against fraud by shredding sensitive documents you no longer need, such as old tax returns, bank statements, credit card information or offers, health records, and employment forms--anything that contains your personal identifying information that thieves can use to steal your identity.
There is good news for those of you on Medicare--new cards will be issued on April 1 that don't have your Social Security number on them, which in the past has exposed beneficiaries to possible identity theft. The bad news? Scammers will take advantage of this fact to pose as Medicare employees, calling you and claiming that you need to pay for a new temporary card--sometimes stating that this new card will cost $50. To "process" it, they'll ask for your personal financial information, such as your bank account or credit card information and use this precious data to steal your identity.
Scammers are now going to the Social Security Administration website and setting up “my Social Security” accounts of workers that are of retirement age in an attempt to steal their retirement benefits. People age 62 and older face the highest risk of this scam.
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