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Scam Prevention to Highlight Two Hilo Events

June 3, 2015, 9:17 AM HST
* Updated June 3, 9:18 AM
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Fraud prevention will be the highlight of two Hilo “Scam Jam” events on Tuesday, June 16.

AARP Hawai’i, along with state agencies, will provide free workshops to Big Island residents interested in learning how to protect themselves against the threat of identity theft, investment fraud, and related scams that steal billions of dollars from individuals each year.

Both events are free and open to the public:

Hilo Naniloa Hotel Polynesian Room from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Hawai’i ADRC Training Room, located at 1055 Kinoole Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Both “Scam Jams” are co-sponsored by the State Office of the Securities Commissioner, the Better Business Bureau of Hawai’i, and the state Department of Attorney General.

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“Many residents don’t realize how vulnerable they are to having their financial lives overturned by professional scam artists,” said AARP Hawai’i 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 financial damage is done.”

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