Police warn against "inheritance" telephone scam 05-08-03

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO PATROL DISTRICT
OFFICER DAYLAN ASUNCION
PHONE: 961-2311
MAY 8, 2003

MEDIA RELEASE

Police are warning Big Island residents about another phone scam, this one involving an alleged inheritance of $100,000.

A woman called police Thursday (May 8, 2003) to report that she had received a phone call from a man who identified himself as Roland Bradford.

The caller said he was an attorney in Canada and told the woman that she had inherited $100,000. The caller then told the intended victim she could receive her “inheritance” if she wired $1,900 to an address in Canada.

Police warned residents to be on guard against similar scams in which an intended victim is asked to send a relatively small amount of money in return for a major reward.

Police are advising anyone who believes he or she is the intended victim of telephone scams to report it by calling the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

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