Police issue warning about possible (fake tax collector) scam


Big Island police are warning the public of a possible scam involving a woman impersonating a Hawaii County tax office employee.

The Hawaii Police Department said a woman in a white unmarked vehicle claimed she was a contract hire for the county tax office, checking on properties for tax purposes. When she was asked to produce identification, the woman could not produce a County of Hawaii employee identification card, according to police.

All Real Property Tax Office personnel carry photo identification and business cards, according to police. All field work is completed in county vehicles bearing an official county seal.

Police advise the public not to give any information without asking for proper identification when in these situations. Report suspicious behavior the nonemergency number at 935-3311.