Maui police are warning the public of a scam involving text messages, phone calls or emails from people pretending to be government officials and soliciting gift card purchases or making demands for money.
More recently, according to the Maui Police Department in a press release, the scam involves callers pretending to be MPD representatives telling potential victims that there is a warrant or other legal sanction pending against them.
The calls spoof the phone numbers of government agencies to trick those they target. The calls are intended to obtain personally identifying information to be used to commit fraud, theft, or both.
No government agency will request financial information or attempt to “clear” warrants or other legal penalties over the phone, MPD said. Legit agencies do not seek payments for services or penalties through gift cards or cash.
>> Do not provide information to callers.
>> Do not ask callers to verify their agency or identity, as they will often provide official-sounding names, titles, and other forms of identification.
>> Do not contact the emails or phone numbers provided. Contact the organizations directly through their official websites.
>> Those who have received calls or messages from someone claiming to be from a federal agency but have not responded can report the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at http://www.ic3. gov.
>>Those who answered calls and gave personal information or sent money or gift cards can report the incident to the FBI and MPD at 808-244-6400.