National Consumer Protection Week

Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? You came to the right place to learn about various consumer issues affecting us today.


Catherine Awakuni Colon interview on The Conversation with Russell Subiono on Hawaii Public Radio


Check out the workshops held during past National Consumer Protection Week Virtual Consumer Fairs.

Who We are and How we can Help

Debora Sanehira, DCCA Regulated Industries Complaints Office, Consumer Resource Center
Learn how the Consumer Resource Center can help you, including filing a complaint and checking on a person or business before you hire them.

How to Deal with Scams

Faye Chen Barnouw, Federal Trade Commission
Learn about protecting yourself from scams and where to report them if it happens to you.

IRS Tax Scams

Gayvial James, IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service
Wayne Chan, IRS Criminal Investigation
How to keep your information safe and how the IRS can help you with tax problems you can’t resolve.

Mail Scams

Brian Shaughnessy, US Postal Inspection Service
Learn what to do if your mail has been stolen or compromised.

Keep Your Identity Safe

Eva Velasquez, Identity Theft Resource Center
Learn what you can do to minimize your risk for identity theft.

COVID-Related Scams

Sheela Sharma, Office of Consumer Protection
Learn about COVID-related scams, how to avoid them, and how to receive support

Medicare and You

Volunteers, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Learn about your Medicare benefits and how fraud affects your plan.


National Consumer Protection Week has been celebrated since 2005 in Hawaii and across the nation. To get more information about our national partners, check out the Federal Trade Commission.

NCPW Virtual Consumer Fair flyer available for download as PDF