Scam 07-02-09

Hawai’i Police Department
South Hilo Patrol
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2213
July 2, 2009
Report No. C09018832

Media Release

The Hawai’i Police Department is warning the public about a scam that was reported last week in Hilo.

A 79-year-old Hilo woman reported that she received a phone call from someone posing as a mainland relative. The caller, who sounded frantic, said that he had been in a traffic accident while under the influence of alcohol and that his attorney would get the DUI charges dropped if he could pay for property damaged from the crash. The caller instructed the victim to send the funds by Money Gram and then call the “attorney” to confirm the money had been sent.

Two days later, the person posing as the relative called again asking for more money, claiming the first payment was being held pending the investigation.

Police ask anyone who receives a similar call to contact the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.



This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Keep your community safe through Crime Stoppers

    Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    The Crime Stoppers TV Program is available on-demand from Nā Leo TV.