Maui Police Provide Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

March 18, 2015, 4:14 PM HST · Updated March 19, 7:33 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

Maui police provided some tips on how to avoid being scammed after Maui Now received multiple reports of individuals being approached outside of several businesses in Central Maui.

The reports described a couple who were allegedly panhandling by lying about their situation and why they were in need of money.  In one report, witnesses say they couple sought money to recover from a house fire.

Police aid there are currently no reports of “scams” by these individuals, however police say they have been identified.

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If the public does encounter anyone using these types of tactics they are advised to contact Maui police.

To avoid becoming a victim of these type of scams the Maui Police Department issued the following list of guidelines, tips to follow, and warning signs to watch out for:

  • The person will attempt to get to your emotions then ask money from you. For example: I lost my house in a fire, flood, etc.
  • Legitimate charities will not greet you in the middle of the parking lot away from anyone else.
  • Charities normally have booths in place near the entrance or exits of the establishments with banners or flyers.
  • The establishment gives the charity organization permission to be on their property.
  • Check first and confirm that the charities are legitimate. You can always give at a later time. If a person wants to be sure, they can ask for the establishment’s representative to confirm.
  • Ask for a contact number and/or person that is in charge of the organization before giving.
  • Go on line and visit various sites that talk about scams and how to avoid them such as the Better Business Bureau and USA.gov.
  • If a person acts or appears to be suspicious in nature do not give money.
  • Call for police assistance. This may stop others from becoming a victim as well.
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