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Officials Warning Against Scam Involving Sheriff Impersonator

January 24, 2022, 3:00 PM HST
* Updated January 25, 5:52 AM
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A recent Sheriff impersonator scam incident has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to put out a warning.

In recent days, two people have called the Sheriff Division to report that an individual contacted them via cellphone claiming to be a law enforcement officer.

“In both cases, the Sheriff impersonator stated they had an outstanding arrest warrant and instructed them to bring money to clear the warrant to the Sheriff Division booking station on Keawe Street,” PSD stated in a press release Monday, Jan. 24. “In at least one case, the impersonator used the fictitious name, Lt. Robert G. Franklin.”

The public is reminded that Sheriffs do not call, text or email people asking for personal information or to solicit payment electronically or by phone. Hawaiʻi residents are also advised not to provide credit card numbers or other personal information to callers claiming to represent a law enforcement agency.

If you receive a call, text or email matching this scam please alert the Sheriff Division by calling 808-586-1352.

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PSD offered the following tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Do not communicate with unsolicited e-mail or phone text senders.
  • Do not open e-mails, attachments or links sent by text from unknown individuals.
  • Never provide personal information of any sort via e-mail or text. Be aware that many e-mails requesting your personal information appear to be legitimate.

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