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Police warn isle residents of 2 telephone scams

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 07, 2014

The Honolulu Police Department is warning residents of two telephone scams, one claiming to be connected with Central Pacific Bank.

Police said residents have received "vishing" or voice phishing messages from someone claiming to be from Central Pacific Bank.  Recorded messages tell residents that their CPB credit cards have been locked and that they must press "1" on their telephones to unlock their cards. 

The thieves are using the calls to try to obtain personal, financial information. Anyone who receives a call should ignore it and not provide any information. 

Investigators say that the calls are originating from mainland cities and foreign countries and that the callers are targeting the general public, not just CPB customers.  

In the second scam, residents are told that they have won a prize of millions of dollars in the "Spanish Sweepstakes."  The calls originate from blocked or scrambled numbers in order to avoid identification and confuse residents.  

As with other lottery scams, the HPD said a person can only win a lottery or sweepstakes that they entered.

Legitimate lotteries and sweepstakes do not require any money up front. 

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Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Thank you - I just got a call yesterday regarding that and I'm not a CPB customer. They called my cell phone. I guess this is what technology is all about..
on March 6,2014 | 08:40AM
mmp wrote:
The title of this article is misleading in that it implies that CPB is somehow involved in a scam. A better title would have been "HPD Warns Residents Of 2 Telephone Scams".
on March 6,2014 | 08:43AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
same here got that call i just hanged up..figured it was a scam
on March 6,2014 | 08:54AM
paniolo wrote:
Got that CPB call this morning. Saw "Unknown name, Unknown number" on the caller ID, so, just waited for the message. Too bad, I'm not a CPB customer. In our house, if we don't recognize the number or name, we just wait for the message. Easier that way.
on March 6,2014 | 11:01AM
Oio wrote:
Article states: "Investigators say that the calls are originating from mainland cities and foreign countries and that the callers are targeting the general public, not just CPB customers." So where is the FCC? Where is NSA? Where is the FBI? Inter-state and inter-national terrorism to engage in illegal criminal activities using fraud, deceit, intimidation. Same with the decades-year old ID theft and credit card theft activities. Seems very, very strange to me that the sophistication of these criminals using a using a global communications network cannot be stopped.
on March 7,2014 | 03:10AM
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