Police Warn of Telephone Scam 03/02/00

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO PATROL DIVISION
OFFICER TERRENCE JOHNASEN
PHONE: 961-2213
MARCH 2, 2000

MEDIA RELEASE

Police are warning Big Island residents about another telephone scam, this one soliciting funds allegedly for the Hawaii County Police Department.

A would-be victim called police and reported she had received a telephone call from a man who said he was seeking donations ranging from $175 to $5,000 for unspecified use by the Police Department.

The caller told the woman she could put the money in a commercial mail carrier envelope and send it to a Waikiki address.

The caller said he was calling from Waikiki, but the woman noted that a local number was displayed on her Caller I.D. monitor. The woman later called the local number, but found that it had been disconnected.

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