— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide FREE tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers beginning February 1. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to people 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In Hawaii last year, 225 Tax-Aide volunteers helped 12,227 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program …

— AARP Hawaii fought for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Now, you can download your free CARE Act wallet card for you and any loved one you may care for. Effective July 1, 2017, the CARE Act will require Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: 1.) Provide the patient with with the oportunity to designate a family caregiver on their medical record. 2.) Notify …

— If you get a phone call, text or Facebook message from someone demanding immediate payment for back taxes and threatening you with jail or deportation, do not respond and do not click on any email links. Tax time is prime time for IRS scammers. There are several variations of the scam. Sometimes scam artists will pretend to be Internal Revenue Service agents, demand that you pay a bogus tax bill and threaten you with arrest or deportation. In some cases, …

— Anyone in Hawaii can be a victim of financial fraud. Even for sophisticated investors, fraudsters are masters of persuasion, skilled at tailoring pitches to match the psychological profiles of their targets. AARP Hawaii is teaming up with financial fraud specialists from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Office of the Securities Commissioner, Hawaii’s BBB, and the National Center for Victims of Crime to offer free workshops on March 2 and March 4 focusing …

— Too many Hawaii consumers are leaving themselves vulnerable to fraud, a recent AARP survey found, and a few preventive strategies could lessen the risks. Among adults who access the Internet, only 1 in 3 said they use a distinctly different password for every account, and 1 in 5 said they have never changed the password on their banking account. Among those who access the Internet through a smartphone, 1 in 5 said their phone is not password-protected. The survey also …

— On Saturday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., AARP Hawaii will join a host of community organizations for the 9th annual Aging in Place Workshop at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu. The event is sponsored by KHON-2 and Generations magazine, and more than 45 exhibitors will be on hand to offer information and resources of interest to Hawaii’s adults and their families. One of the highlights of the event will be a celebration of the 80th anniversary …

— AARP Hawaii and state agencies leading the fight against fraud are offering a free public awareness event at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pearl City on Saturday, July 18 (8:30 – 10:30 a.m.) The event will arm residents against identity theft, investment fraud, and related scams that rake in billions of dollars. The Pearl City Scam Jam is free and open to the public but registration is required. The Scam Jam workshop is co-sponsored by the State Office …

— A new statewide survey of Hawaii adults shows that many consumers put themselves at risk of identity theft, investment fraud and other financial scams by ignoring basic prevention measures. The report, Risky Behavior: Assessing the Fraud Risk and Avoidance Among Hawaii Adults 18+, suggests the extent to which island residents leave themselves vulnerable to fraud by ignoring time-tested consumer protection tips that help thwart identity thieves and investment fraudsters. The survey also reveals that an alarming number of Hawaii adults …

— AARP Hawaii and state agencies leading the fight against fraud will offer a free public awareness event at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall on Wednesday, June 10 (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) The event is intended to arm Kauai residents against the threat of identity theft, investment fraud, and related scams that rake in billions of dollars across the country each year. The Scam Jam workshop is co-sponsored by the State Office of the Securities Commissioner, the Better Business Bureau of …

— AARP Hawaii and several state agencies leading the fight against fraud will offer free public awareness events at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and the Hawaii ADRC (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, June 16. The events are intended to arm Hawaii residents against the threat of identity theft, investment fraud, and related scams that rake in billions of dollars across the country each year. The Scam Jams are co-sponsored by the State Office of the Securities …

— Every two seconds a con artist steals somebody’s identity. In the last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion of their hard-earned dollars to fraud, identity theft and scams. What tricks do con artists use to steal your money? How can you outsmart them before they strike? AARP Hawaii and state agencies leading the fight against fraud will offer free public awareness events in Kahului and Kihei on Saturday, May 30. The events are intended to arm Maui residents against the …

— AARP Hawaii is teaming up with state and federal agencies in the fight against fraud with educational events in Kahului (4/30) and Honolulu (5/1). Document shredding events will follow on three islands on Saturday, May 2. The events are intended to arm residents against the threat of identity theft, investment fraud, and related scams that rake in billions of dollars across the country each year. The Scam Jam workshops are co-sponsored by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in cooperation …