The Maui Police Department is warning the public about a telephone scam spoofing MPD’s non-emergency line phone number, 244-6400.
According to Police, the scammers are identifying themselves as police officers, providing a name, badge number and extension number to be reached at.
The caller is claiming that there is a warrant of arrest for the person receiving the call, providing the person with the correct name, current address, former address, and e-mail account name, and directing them to call US Legal Support at 720-316-0033. When asked for an emailed copy of the warrant, the caller said the person would have to appear in court first, tomorrow as they are being named in a lawsuit and provided a case number.
These calls are not being generated from MPD.
For the public’s safety and protection, MPD issued the following advice:
Be cautious when responding to callers from an unidentified phone number. Phone scammers want to remain anonymous.
Never provide personal, confidential or financial information to an unidentified individual.
These scammers may provide information about you that seems accurate. If you are suspicious of the call do not verify the information that was provided.
Obtain as much information as you can regarding the caller including phone number, possible accent, tone, and demeanor. Ask questions or ask for proper identification. Request the individual’s name, company name, and phone number.
Be aware that today’s technology can be used to mask the caller’s phone number and the caller ID, known as “spoofing”. This makes calls appear to be originating from the company/place they are pretending to be from.