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Police Warn Against Email and Telephone Scams

December 17, 2012, 3:43 PM HST
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Hawai`i Police Department personnel are warning the public about recent email, mail, and telephone scams in the state.

Multiple reports and complaints were received recently by police in North Kohala about a telephone scam targeting Big Island residents.

A woman in Kapa`au reportedly received a cell phone call on December 12th that may have originated in Jamaica. The caller claimed to be an employee of Publisher’s Clearing House, and allegedly told the resident that she had won $1.5 million.

The caller claimed the woman had to pay $385 in taxes in order to claim her prize. She was then told to retrieve a ‘scratch card’ from Wal-Mart, then to mail it to him. The woman reported the suspicious call to police.

Police are encouraging the public to report calls when they are unsure of their legitimacy. In a statement today, the department warned “if something sounds too good to be true, it is likely a scam.”

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If you suspect a phone, email or mail scam, dial HPD’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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