Get tips to protect yourself at National Consumer Protection Week

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Scammers are finding more ways to get their hands on your money. Experts say the top scams people are falling for involve money wiring and sweepstakes. 

“This is the biggest red flag that we’ve seen here in Hawaii and across the country. If anyone is asking you to wire money, it’s a scam. I hate to say it but people here in Hawaii are losing thousands and thousands of dollars on a weekly basis,” said Office of Consumer Protection’s Executive Director, Stephen Levins. 

Levins says if you’re concerned you may have given out personal information, there is a way you can check your information hasn’t been stolen. 

“What you need to do is check your credit report. That’s something that people should do anyway to make sure that there are no improper entries,” said Levins. 

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week. If you want learn how you can practice consumer safety, you can check out the DCCA Consumer Protection Fair on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community groups will be at the DCCA courtyard to offer valuable consumer tips. 

“There’s a tremendous amount of information both through DCCA and partner agencies and private companies who will be distributing a wealth of consumer protection information that will help consumers to be able to protect themselves.” 

If you have a concern or are interested in becoming an Action Line volunteer, give us a call Monday through Friday at 591-0222. You can also send an email to actionline@khon2.com. 

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