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HPD Warns About Subscription Scam

November 7, 2014, 4:50 PM HST
* Updated November 7, 8:01 PM
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The Hawai’i Police Department is warning the public about a scam from a company without merit that is posing as a subscription service for various publications.

A Kealakekua man reported to police that he received a “Notice of Renewal/New Order” invoice in the mail requesting money for a subscription to a Honolulu daily newspaper.

He told police that a similar invoice for a Honolulu weekly newspaper was received just a few days later with the same phone number, mailing address and website.

HPD has linked the information to a known national scam that uses a variety of different company identities.

The public is advised to not rely on mailed or e-mailed third party notices for subscription renewals, as they may be false or inaccurate. Checking directly with a newspaper or magazine publisher to obtain procedures for making subscription payments is the best way to avoid a scam.

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An online search engine is also a good way to avoid scams. By inputting suspicious phone numbers or mailing addresses, you can gather information that can help identify if the numbers or addresses are associated with a scam.

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