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Hawaii County police warn of telephone scam

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:18 p.m. HST, Jan 2, 2013

Hawaii island police are warning the public about a telephone scam in which callers claim to be utility company employees. 

The caller tells the victim that their utility bill is delinquent and that service will be shut off. They then instruct the victim to make a payment directly to the caller by telephone. 

Police advise members of the public who receive a call about their utility bill to hang up and call the utility company directly at a published phone number (not a number they receive from the caller) to find out if the call is legitimate. 

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