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A program on fraud is set for 1 to 3:30 pm. Friday at Kauai Community College.
The presentation will also include interviews with former scam artists. Attendees will hear from a teenager from India, who posed as Officer Adam Smith from the IRS to rip Americans off.
There will also be information on a new law that makes credit freezes free in Hawaii starting July 1. Experts say freezing your credit is one of the best ways to prevent identity theft.
Speakers include AARP Fraud Expert Doug Shadel, Kauai Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar and state Reps. Dee Morikawa and James Tokioka.
Americans reported losing more than $328 million to impostor fraud last year. It’s the most common scam in the United States, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
AARP presents these free workshops to help Hawaii residents fight back against scammers and protect themselves and their families.
Honolulu mayor vetoes bill to limit Uber, Lyft ‘surge’ fares
HONOLULU — Honolulu’s mayor has vetoed a bill aimed at setting limits for what ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday he wants to see new technology blend with old.
The bill sought to prevent “surge pricing” rates getting higher than the maximum fare set by the city.
Taxi companies say Uber and Lyft face fewer restrictions. Those who oppose the bill say ride-hailing app users know prices upfront and can choose whether to accept them.
Caldwell directed city attorneys to draft a bill that would allow transportation companies flexibility as long as there’s disclosure about pricing.
Uber says in a statement the veto protects consumer choice.
The Garden Island and Associated Press
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