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02/11/2022

DPS Warns Public About Scam

Big Island Now - Hawaii

A recent scam incident has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to warn the public.

According to a DPS news release, several people have recently called the Sheriff Division to report an individual claiming to be a deputy sheriff, an employee with the Hawai’i district attorney’s office and, in some cases, a governor’s office employee. The scammer states that there is an outstanding arrest warrant and instructs them to make a payment via gift cards or a money-sharing app to clear the warrant.

The phone number is manipulated so it appears the call is coming from the Sheriff Division or governor’s office. In several cases, the scammer used the bogus name Jessica Mendoza.

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