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AARP webinar on kupuna fraud set

Protecting kupuna from financial fraud and exploitation will be the topic of a free AARP Hawaii webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The speakers are Paul Greenwood, an AARP Fraud Watch Network expert and former San Diego deputy district attorney who headed the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, and Scott Spalina, a Honolulu deputy prosecutor who supervises Oahu’s Elder Abuse Justice Unit.

They will talk about how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim, identifying red flags that indicate possible financial exploitation and how to avoid falling victim to COVID-19 scams. Older adults are more often targets of scammers because they generally have more money than younger people because of a lifetime of hard work and saving. Since 2013, financial institutions have reported more than 180,000 suspicious activities targeting older adults, involving losses of more than $6 billion.

To participate, register at bit.ly/HIelderfraud or go to the AARP Hawai’i Facebook page to watch a simulcast.

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