Saturday, October 23, 2021

Play

Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.

Play

House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.

Play

An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Seniors Get Tips to Avoid Falling for Scams

Play

Friday, September 18, 2015   

HARTFORD, Conn. - Beware of imposter scams! That's the warning that went out to Connecticut seniors during AARP's Fraud Watch Action Day on Thursday.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, more than 2,500 Connecticut residents filed complaints about scam artists last year. Byron Peterson, a member of the executive council of AARP Connecticut, said the most common schemes involve people pretending to be tax agents, law enforcement or computer technicians, and demanding money.

"Very serious scam attempts are going on every day targeting mostly seniors," he said, "but everybody is potentially threatened."

AARP and the state Attorney General's office are members of the Elder Justice Coalition of Connecticut, which is working to educate the public and prevent consumer fraud.

AARP urged people everywhere to sign up for the Fraud Watch Network, which Peterson said will give them access to a fraud hotline, action alerts and a lot of important information.

The website includes "what's going on in their states, what kinds of fraud are commonly being reported," he said. "They can also get information on resources and tips on how to protect themselves."

The Fraud Watch Network is available on the web at fraudwatchnetwork.org.


get more stories like this via email

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Health and Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …


Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Social Issues

OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …


In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

CASPER, Wyo. - A strong majority of voters across party lines say they want national rules similar to those passed in Wyoming to reduce methane …

Health and Wellness

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

Child-care advocates say if North Dakota doesn't boost funding for the system, more families might pull out of the workforce because of access issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. - A portion of American Rescue Plan funding sent to North Dakota has yet to be divvied up. Groups that want to improve the child-care …

Social Issues

PITTSBURGH - As businesses across the country deal with a massive labor shortage, Pennsylvania aims to entice people back to the workplace by …

Environment

ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups want Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that mandates monitoring the state's drinking water for "emerging …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021