Police warn about possible scam


Big Island police are warning the public about a possible telephone scam involving individuals impersonating utility workers.

In the scam, the perpetrators call victims and tell them their utility bill is delinquent and that their service will be shut off. They then instruct the victims to make payment directly to the scammers by telephone, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Police advise members of the public who receive a call about their utility bill to hang up and then call the utility company directly to find out if the call is legitimate. Never give out any personal information over the telephone to people who call them and ask for it, police said.