POSTED: 12:56 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2012
The state Attorney General’s office is investigating a scam involving email falsely identified as coming from the state’s Hawaii Unclaimed Property Branch and soliciting personal financial information.
The scam is sophisticated in that it also provides a form that has the State of Hawaii seal.
The state does not send email solicitations regarding unclaimed property, according to the attorney general’s office.
The fraudulent email scam claims to be written by Department of Budget and Finance Director Kalbert Young, informing the recipient that he or she is an heir to the estate and property of a deceased relative. The email instructs the recipient to either fax or email personal information so that the process to record ownership of the property can begin.
People who have been solicited as part of this scam can assist the developing investigation by providing copies of any and all direct communications they have received. his includes email, faxes, and records of telephone conversations. Members of the public who think they may be a victim of this scam, may contact the Department of Budget and Finance – Unclaimed Property Branch directly at (808) 586-1589.