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 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 State Office of the Securities Commissioner, the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii, and the state Department of Attorney General. The events will help adults protect themselves from financial fraud by shining light on the tactics scam artists use to separate people from their money. The events are free and open to the public:
Saturday, May 30 – Kahului & Kihei
- Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului (main stage, 10 a.m. - noon) – no registration necessary
- St. Theresa’s Church in Kihei (2 – 4 p.m.) – registration requested
A new 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 Fraud Risk and Avoidance Among Hawaii Adults Age 18-Plus, 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.
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