Free cyber scam prevention seminar set for Thursday

PUHI — Get information to fight back against fraudsters at a free AARP Fraud Watch Network “Protect Yourself from Cyber Scams” seminar in Lihue on Thursday.

Will Bales, supervising special agent for the FBI Honolulu Cyber Division, will give tips on how to avoid online scams and secure your identity and the role of the FBI in protecting the Americans. AARP Hawaii speakers will profile common online scams such as the romance scam, cyber blackmail, and scams targeting veterans.

“Today, being able to navigate the online world is a big part of how we live. But it is important to know how to do it safely so that we can protect our hard earned money and our personal data. The FBI is the lead government agency in fighting cyber-crime and we are pleased that the public will have a chance to learn from them,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawai‘i State Director.

The May seminar is free and you don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. It is co-sponsored by the Kauai Community College, Office of Continuing Education and Training

The seminar is Kauai Community College from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register at aarp.cvent.com/cyber5-16 or toll free 1-877-926-8300.

“We are also encouraging people to sign up with AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, where you can get tips and other information to stop fraud before it happens to you or your family,” Stanton said.

Call the Fraud Watch Network at 1-877-908-3360 if you or a loved one suspect a scam. You can also sign up for free Watchdog Alerts and see what scams are happening in your area by going online to aarp.org/FraudWatchNetwork.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network was launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages.

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