Learn to Detect Scams in Hawaii

Detecting Scams in Hawaii

Special Agent Tom Simon joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1995. He currently investigates high-yield investment frauds, major embezzlements, and traditional white collar crimes affecting Hawaii’s residents and small business community. In addition to his investigations, Tom also serves as the press spokesperson for the Honolulu FBI office and is a regular fixture on local news programs and radio talk shows.

Be proactive, protect yourself from SCAMS!

Do you know what steps to take to protect yourself and your family from becoming a victim of crime or fraud? The FBI has educational information, helpful tips, and resources to help you learn warning signs, how to be crime smart, and what to do if you become a victim on their Be Crime Smart webpage.

Learn how to identify, avoid, and what to do Common Fraud Schemes from the FBI, which include telemarketing, ID theft, and investment-related scams. Visit the FBI’s list of Fraud from A to Z.

Internet Scams

Do you know how to protect yourself and your family from Internet fraud?

Follow the FBI’s guide on how to Protect Your Computer.

Check out common types of Internet Fraud from the FBI and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

Visit the Internet Fraud Tips from the National Consumers League‘s Internet Fraud watch for tips on how to detect, prevent, and how to report internet scams.

Investment Fraud

The DCCA of Hawaii has a Top 10 Investor Protection Tips to help you learn how to protect yourself from investment fraud, how to report incidents, and why it is so important for you and your community. One of the top 10 tips includes contacting the hotline to report investment fraud at 808-58SCAMS (808-587-2267)/Toll Free 1-877-HI-SCAMS.

Whenever you are contacted about a new investment opportunity, your first step should ALWAYS be sure to check out the DCCA’s Business Registration Division and use their searchable database to ensure you are working with a legitimate organization.

Mail Fraud

Learn what identifiers t he FTC suggests your look for in your mailbox, and how to report mailbox scams.

Tips for Seniors

Many recent scams have been targeting the senior population. Learn how to identify scams, tips to avoid being a victim, and what sources to check with if you are not sure if you are dealing with a scam from the DCCA of Hawaii. (http://hawaii.gov/dcca/rico/consumer_tips/senior_tips/seniortips)