Event aimed at uncovering fraud and protecting retirement security

The American Association of Retired Persons is teaming up with organizations in the fight against fraud to offer a free public workshop at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The event will focus on common scams that rake in billions of dollars across the country, putting financial security at risk for millions of victims each year, according to a news release.

The Protect Your Retirement Security Workshops are aimed at helping Hawaii’s older adults protect themselves from fraud and identity theft by shining light on common tactics scam artists use.

“Scammers ask questions that are meant to trigger emotional responses,” said AARP Hawaii State President Gerry Silva. “They use fear, greed and urgency to push the ‘right’ buttons and get even smart consumers to open their wallets.”

Topics and featured speakers include:

* “Gold and Foreign Currency Scams and Behaviors that Invite Fraud,” Michael Herndon, Consumer Outreach Officer for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

* “Ponzi Schemes and Affinity Fraud,” Tung Chan, Hawaii State Securities commissioner.

* “How to Spot and Beat Scams,” Lisa Nakao, director of operations, Hawaii Better Business Bureau.

* “Beyond Fraud – Policy Developments That Could Impact Retirement Security,” Gerry Silva, president, AARP Hawaii.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, call toll-free (877) 926-8300 or visit aarp.cvent.com/stopfraudmaui.