HPD Warns Public About Recent Phone Scams
* Updated October 7, 6:50 AM
Authorities are warning the public about recent phone scams in which attempts are being made to obtain money from individuals and businesses.
According to recent reports provided to Hawai‘i Police, the suspect(s) contact the victim by phone, identifying themselves as either local, state, or federal officials. The intended victim is told that they are under criminal investigation, and must purchase Western Union, Money Gram, Money Pack, GreenDot, Apple/iTunes, Google, and/or Vanilla brand cards to pay their “fine” in order to avoid being arrested or having their social security numbers suspended.
“The suspects have been providing fictitious credentials over the phone such as their name, agency, badge number, and phone number,” stated in a press release Wednesday, Oct. 6. “They will also reveal to the victim that they know the members of the victim’s family and are able to list them by name, where they live, and other personal information including specifically describing clothing that they were wearing.”
The public is reminded to never provide any personal information over the phone or online to anyone whose identity they have not confirmed.
Anyone who believes they have been contacted by a person involved in a scam, either by phone or online, is advised to call the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311.