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Police warn public of Cell phone text scam

by Thunda

Hawaiʻi Island Police are warning the public about possible cellular phone scams involving text messages regarding their account bill.

In recent cases reported to police, the suspect(s) sends out a text message pretending to be a telecommunications company, such as: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint; where they are informing customers that their payment has been blocked and to call them at 1-888-312-6806. The suspect(s) then asks for personal information.    

The public is reminded to never provide any personal information over the phone or on-line (to include date of birth, social security numbers, credit card information, bank account information, etc.) to anyone who’s identity they have not confirmed.   

If you believe you are contacted by a person involved in a scam, either by phone or via the internet, please call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 to report the activity.

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