New Edition of Fraud Guide Released
The second edition of Hawai’i’s Fraud Prevention & Resource Guide was recently released by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Department of the Attorney General, and the Department of Health.
“We are honored to work with such a dedicated group on addressing fraud schemes that are occurring here in our islands,” said DCCA Director Catherine Awakuni Colón. “We want residents to not only be aware of what is going on so that they can protect themselves and those they care about, but also who they can contact if they need help.”
In August 2008, the departments released the first edition of the guide, which is intended to help raise awareness of various types of fraud and scams occurring in Hawai’i. The guide also provides a comprehensive resource section, providing up-to-date contact information for state, federal, county, and non-profit organizations.
“Identity theft and financial fraud are fast growing crimes, which especially target seniors. This guide provides good advice to keep people safe,” says Attorney General Douglas Chin.
According to DOH Director Dr. Virgina Pressler, the biggest benefit of the guide is to directly assist seniors, family members, and caregivers on how to protect themselves from financial and healthcare scams, fraud, and abuses.
“It gives examples, scenarios, and red flags of what to be aware of and resources on whom to contact for questions or concerns,” said Dr. Pressler.