Police Warn of Possible Finance Scam 02-26-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH KOHALA PATROL
OFFICER MARVIN K. TROUTMAN
PHONE: 887-3080
FEBRUARY 26, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

Police have received a complaint from Big Island residents about a possible scam promising debt consolidation and other financial services.

The complaint was made by family members who responded to a newspaper classified ad offering “debt consolidation, personal and business loans.” The ad, listed under “Financing,” goes on to say: “Bad credit and bankruptcy accepted.”

It urges readers to call an “866” number toll free.

Officers said that after calling the number, the family was told to wire the “lender” $100 for each $1,000 wanted. After the family had wired $450, they received nothing from the lender.

Attempts to reach the lender failed, and officers were informed that the number listed in the classified ad had been disconnected.

Police said anyone else who has lost money in the apparent scam should call the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Police also cautioned residents to be wary of companies or individuals offering financial loans from outside the state. Before sending any money fees, they should check with the Better Business Bureau, police said.

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