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— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 1 p.m. HST Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 1 p.m. HST Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

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— Get information to fight back against fraudsters at a free AARP Fraud Watch Network “Protect Yourself from Cyber Scams” seminar in May on Oahu, Maui, Hawai‘i island and Kauai. Will Bales, the supervising special agent for the FBI Honolulu Cyber Division, will give tips on how to avoid cyber scams and the role of the FBI in protecting the Americans. AARP Hawai‘i speakers will profile common online scams such as the romance scam, cyber blackmail, and scams targeting veterans, “Don’t …

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— Protect yourself from identity theft by safely shredding sensitive documents at the Access Information Management Destruction Plants on Oahu, Maui and Hawai‘i island on April 27. You can also help the hungry at the same time by bringing food donations. The Fraud Watch Network Shred-a-Thon comes just after tax season when many people discard their obsolete financial documents and is put on annually by AARP Hawai‘i and Access Information Protected. People can drive up and drop off up to 2 …

— Learn How to Avoid Their Scams at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar The Imposters: Keeping Yourself Safe from Scammers Part 1: Valentines, Candy & Online Romance Scams, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 2 p.m. HST Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 2 p.m. HST They’re two-faced—someone who pretends to be something they’re not for a secret reason. And they’re out to steal your money. Experts call them the imposters. They could be …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2 p.m. HST Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2 p.m. HST The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— For the price of a cup of coffee, a criminal can buy your personal information on the Dark Web and begin stealing your identity. Despite that alarming thought, a recent AARP survey found that most people do not take basic precautions against identity fraud. So much personal information has been exposed over the years — from the Zippy’s credit card data breach here in Hawai‘i, to the recent Equifax hack, to Yahoo’s record data breach of about 3 billion users …

— As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Hawai‘i and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Hawai‘i is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. Hawai‘i’s 264,864 Medicare enrollees are among the first to receive the new new …

— Many of us have gotten the calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, or seen that pop-up message on your computer, warning you of a virus and the need to call tech support RIGHT NOW. Maybe you’ve even gotten the call from someone who sounds familiar, saying: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” These are imposter frauds. It’s when a scammer poses as someone he or she is not — an IRS agent or a police …

— Documents containing sensitive information can leave a bread trail for scammers, potentially leading to identity theft. Spring cleaning is a good time to shred them. AARP Hawaii is working with Access Information Protected, a records management company, to offer free shredding events on three islands on Saturday, April 28. The events, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, will be on Oahu, at 98-736 Moanalua Loop in Aiea; the Big Island, at 73-4164 Huli Koa Drive in Kailua-Kona; and Maui, at …

— Marcelo Barra, who works as a sail maker at a company in Kalihi, wants to save for retirement. But after paying bills and other family expenses, there never seems to be enough money for savings. Barra works for a small business with only five employees and his employer doesn’t offer a 401K or other retirement savings plan that deducts money directly from his paycheck — the most effective way to save. “This puts my family and, ultimately, myself at a …