Police warn of telephone solicitation scam 11-18-02

PHONE: 326-4257
NOVEMBER 18, 2002


Police are warning the public about a possible telemarketing scam.

Local Kailua-Kona business establishments have reported receiving calls from an unidentified male caller.

The caller claims to represent the Hawaii County Police Department in soliciting monetary donations from local businesses to aid in the funding of bulletproof vests for Hawaii County police officers.

Acting Police Chief Lawrence Mahuna cautioned residents to be on guard against telephone solicitations in the name of the police, saying:

“The Hawaii County Police Department does not solicit private donations for official use. If you receive a telephone call soliciting funds, it’s more than likely a scam.”

Anyone with information about the telephone solicitations is asked to call the Kona police at 326-4646 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

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