Maui Police are warning that calls “from the Police” may not be from them. A new telephone scam is targeting residents to contribute money to a “meth project for schools.” Scammers claiming to be with MPD are asking for donations and – therefore – sensitive personal, banking or credit information.
In a press release today, MPD Communications Officer Sgt. Audra Sellers pointed out:
- Maui Police will not call you over the phone asking for money.
- Never provide personal information, including financial info, to an unidentified individual.
- If they ask you verify information they “already have,” say “No!”
- Demand their name, identification number, company name, supervisor and phone number.
- Be aware that today’s technology allows sophisticated scammers to send fake caller ID info to make it look like the call is authentic.
- Note as much information about the caller as you can, including name, phone number, possible accent, tone, demeanor, background noise, etc.
- Make this information available to the real MPD at the non-emergency line at 808-244-6400 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.