East Hawaii News

Police Warn of Utility Scam

July 16, 2015, 10:24 AM HST
* Updated July 16, 10:26 AM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...

The Hawai’i Police Department is warning the public of a utility scam.

A man identifying himself as “Mike” reportedly contacted an owner of a downtown Hilo business through a telephone call and claimed that the business owner failed to pay the utility bill.

According to HPD, the caller then told the man that he needed to purchase a $500 gift card from a nearby drug store and provide the caller with the card number or the company’s electricity would be turned off.

The owner of the business claims to know the call was a scam and reported it to police.

HPD urges the public to be aware and not to respond to requests for information or payment that come from a telephone call or the internet.


Individuals who received a notification that they believe to be legitimate should confirm by calling the published phone number in the phone book, not one provided on the phone, in the mail, or through e-mail or text.


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments


Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.