Utility scam 01-02-13

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Puna District
Acting Captain Reed Mahuna
Phone: 965-2716
Report No. M12065267

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a telephone scam involving persons impersonating utility workers.

In this scam, the perpetrators call the victims and inform them that their utility bill is delinquent and that their service will be shut off. They then instruct the victims to make payment directly to the scammers by telephone.

Police advise members of the public who receive a call about their utility bill to hang up and then call the utility company directly at a published phone number (not a number they receive from the caller) to find out if the call is legitimate.

Citizens should never give out any personal information over the telephone to persons who call them and ask for it.


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