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Sheriff Impersonation Phone Scam Warning

January 6, 2019, 11:36 AM HST · Updated January 7, 12:54 PM
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Phone Scam alert. Maui Now Graphic.

Recent Sheriff impersonator scam incidents have prompted the State Sheriff Division to issue a reminder warning. Department officials report that impersonators claiming to be deputy sheriffs are calling Hawaiʻi residents to say they have warrants and if they don’t pay, Sheriffs are being sent to arrest them.

The public is reminded that Sheriffs do not call people about warrants having to do with missing court. Department officials say they will never ask for personal information or solicit payment over the phone.

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Hawaiʻi residents are also advised not to provide credit card numbers or other personal information to callers claiming to represent a law enforcement agency or the courts.

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If a call is received matching this scam, the public is advised to alert the Sheriff Division by calling (808) 586-1352.

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