DCCA NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii’s Fraud Prevention & Resource Guide gets an update

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), the Department of the Attorney General (AG), and the Department of Health (DOH) announces the release of the 2nd Edition of Hawaii’s Fraud Prevention & Resource Guide. To view or print the guide online, please visit http://cca.hawaii.gov/sec/files/2015/10/Fraud-Guide-2.pdf.

The identified departments partnered to publish the 1st edition of the guide in August 2008. The guide is intended to help raise awareness of various types of fraud and scams occurring here in Hawaii, and also includes a comprehensive resource section providing up-to-date contact information for state, federal, county, and non-profit organizations.

“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.”

“Identity theft and financial fraud are fast growing crimes, which especially target seniors. This guide provides good advice to keep people safe,” says Douglas Chin, Attorney General.

DOH Director Virgina Pressler M.D. also added “the biggest benefit of this guide is to directly assist our 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”.

Printed guides will be available for free during the Celebrate Safe Communities Fair in conjunction with the Leeward Discovery Fair at Leeward Community College Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please visit the following exhibit tables for your copy of Hawaii’s Fraud Prevention & Resource Guide: DCCA’s Office of the Securities Commissioner, the AG’s Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division, and DOH’s Senior Medicare Patrol Program (SMP).


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For more information, contact:

Shelly Kunishige, Multimedia Education Specialist

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Office: (808) 587-6735

Email: skunishi@dcca.hawaii.gov



Joshua Wisch, Special Assistant to the Attorney General

Department of the Attorney General

(808) 586-1284

Email: Joshua.A.Wisch@hawaii.gov



Valerie Mariano, Chief of Community and Crime Prevention Branch
Department of the Attorney General

Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division
(808) 586-1444

Email: Valerie.S.Mariano@hawaii.gov



Laurie Paleka, SMP Assistant/Coordinator of Volunteers

Department of Health

Hawaii Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

(808) 586-7319

Email: laurel.paleka@doh.hawaii.gov