State warns of Sheriff impersonator scam

A recent Sheriff impersonator scam incident has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to put out a warning.

On July 6, an individual reached out to the department and reported that she was contacted via cell phone by someone claiming to be a with a fictitious office called the “Hawaii Department of Public Safety, State Security Division.” The Sheriff impersonator stated that they wanted to send the woman four “compensation fund” checks owed to her, totaling $20,000, but first she would have to pay a hefty processing fee. The impersonator even sent a picture of a fake ID that included a Hawaii Sheriff badge logo.

“Unfortunately, these scam artists usually target the elderly. They are taking thousands of dollars in life savings from them before the scam is discovered and reported. The story changes slightly, but in every instance, they are asking for…

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