Police Warn of Telephone Scam 07-25-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO PATROL DIVISION
OFFICER ISAAC FIESTA III
PHONE: 961-2311
JULY 25, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

Police are warning Big Island residents to be wary of a new telephone scam in which the caller offers a scheme in which the victim is promised $10,000 in exchange for $4,000.

In this scam, the caller identifies himself as a “Steve Martin” and gives an address in the Slovak Republic.

The caller asks the victim to send the $4,000 to “First America Salino U.S. No. 20, Salizskaio, 2102 Brahisl, Slovak Republic.”

Police said this latest telephone scam is apparently aimed at elderly persons.

Besides alerting the public to the scam, police are urging younger residents to explain the scam to their parents or elderly relatives who may not regularly have access to local news media outlets.

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