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Maui Telephone Scam Seeks False Requests for Meth Project

September 11, 2014, 3:47 PM HST
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Maui phone scam. Graphics © Maui Now.

Maui phone scam. Graphics © Maui Now.

By Maui Now Staff

The Maui Police Department is advising residents of a new telephone scam in which callers pretend to represent the department and make false requests for a “Meth Project” for local schools.

Maui Police Sergeant Audra Sellers said Maui Police would not call individuals over the phone to request monetary donations, and the department is not collecting funds for any “Meth Project.”

For your safety and protection the department released the following tips if you suspect a scam call:

  • Never provide personal, confidential or financial information to an unidentified individual.
  • If they ask you to verify the information they have say, no.
  • Ask questions or ask for proper identification. Request the individual’s name, company name, and phone number.
  • Be cautious when responding to callers from an unidentified phone number. Phone scammers want to remain anonymous.
  • Be aware that today’s technology can be used to mask the caller’s phone number and the caller ID could indicate the call is originating from the company/place they are pretending to be from, even though it is not.
  • Obtain as much information as you can regarding the caller including phone number, possible accent, tone and demeanor.
  • Report suspicious activity to the police: Non-emergency number 244-6400 or via e-mail to: [email protected]

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