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Local Connection: AARP study

By Rick Blangiardi

There are alarming new results of an AARP survey that show how Hawaii residents are being subjected to fraud and it shows how easy it is for people here to be manipulated.

According to the survey, about a third of residents said they've received notification of a security breach in the past year and 20 percent said they did nothing about it. Luckily, the rest did something, including put a credit alert on their credit file, increased monitoring of their bank or credit, changed their security password or something else.

Nearly 20 percent said their personal information was used to buy goods and services.

One-third of those who have access to the Internet never set up online access to their bank or credit card accounts so they can readily monitor their accounts. Nearly a third say they have received a phone call or e-mail from someone
claiming to be a friend or relative in distress and four in 10 say they have received, or know someone who has received, a call or e-mail from someone who said they won the lottery.

More than half don't have a lock for their home mailbox and one in five say they don't ever shred personal documents.
AARP has many tips for you to protect yourself, including setting different passwords on different online accounts, checking your credit reports for suspicious activity, closing inactive credit card accounts, not carrying your social
security card in your wallet or shredding personal documents.

Keep yourself safe. And check AARP Hawaii for more tips.

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