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— 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 …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1– 1:30 p.m. HST Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. HST Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take …

— Someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds in the United States and older Americans account for 10 to 13 percent of those victims. Frank Abagnale knows all the tricks for stealing your identity. During his criminal career, which began when he was just 16, Abagnale forged more than $2.5 million in checks and posed as an airline pilot, a doctor and even a lawyer before being captured at age 21. His exploits became a best-selling book upon which the 2002 …

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— Join AARP Hawaii for a Telephone Town Hall and Facebook live featuring identity theft expert Frank Abagnale on Wednesday Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Register for the Tele-Town Hall at https://access.live/AARP-HI  and get a chance to talk directly with Abagnale or join us on our AARP Hawaii Facebook page to watch the Tele-Town Hall and ask your questions via comments. Abagnale was one of the most successful identity thieves in U.S. history. During his criminal career, which began when he was …

— 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 …

— When it comes to scams, knowledge is power. Con artists are finding new ways to take your money, so consumers need to keep up with the latest scams and learn how to protect yourself and your family. That’s why AARP Hawai‘i, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and other partners are presenting Scam Jam events on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island from August 9 to August 12. The events are free, but participants should pre-register at  http://bit.ly/aarpHIevents or by …