‘Scam’ Jam aimed at helping residents spot fraud

‘Scam’ Jam aimed at helping residents spot fraud

LIHUE — AARP Hawaii and state agencies leading the fight against fraud will offer a free public awareness event at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall on Wednesday, June 10, from 9:30 to 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” will help adults protect themselves from financial fraud by shining light on the tactics scam artists use to separate people from their money.

“Many residents don’t realize how vulnerable they are to having their financial lives overturned by professional scam artists,” said AARP Hawaii State President Gerry Silva. “With just a few simple pieces of information like a credit card number and a password, they’re able to assume the lives of their victims without us realizing it — until the financial damage is done.”

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 Scam Jam workshop is sponsored by the State Office of the Securities Commissioner, the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii and the state Department of Attorney General.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Call toll-free 1-877-926-8300 or go online at http://aarp.cvent.com/scamjam6-10.

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The Garden Island

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