— Scammers, using a variation of the “Family Impersonation Scam,” also known as the “Grandparents Scam,” have been preying on people with friends on Maui. AARP Hawaii has learned of recent incidents of a caller claiming to be an Emergency Medical Technician telling potential victims that a friend had been in an accident on Maui. The “paramedic” put an angry “dad” on the phone while he tended to the wounded. The “dad” demanded money to pay for medical bills for his …

— Click on a link, answer a call from “tech support,” or even taking a Facebook survey can lead to you being scammed. Special Agent Edward Arias of the Honolulu FBI Cyber Squad, Lorie Sides from the Hawaii Better Business Bureau and Jackie Boland from AARP Hawaii will talk about how to protect yourself and someone you love from computer scams at a free AARP Fraud Watch Network “Operation: Stop Scams” workshop on Thursday, April 27. Some common scams to watch …

— Protect yourself from identity theft by safely shredding sensitive documents at Access Information Management Destruction Plants on Oahu, Hawaii island and Maui. AARP Hawaii and Access Corporation are sponsoring the free document shredding and food collection events in Aiea, Kailua-Kona and Wailuku. The document shredding, on April 22, comes just after tax season when many people discard their obsolete financial documents. People can drive up and drop off up to 2 boxes of documents per vehicle from 8 a.m. to …

— 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 …