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Swindlers make use of HECO

Calls demanding alleged overdue electricity payments are among several recent scams

By Alan Yonan Jr.

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 19, 2014

~~<p>The caller posing as a Hawaiian Electric Co. employee delivered a spiel with convincing detail, right down to his correct pronunciation of Hawaiian place names and an in-depth knowledge of how the utility's billing system worked.</p>
<p>The voice informed Young Laundry &amp; Dry Cleaning General Manager Mike Drace that the laundry company failed to pay a monthly electric bill for one of its Hono&shy;lulu stores and had ignored several warnings to clear up the arrears. Unless Drace paid the bill within the hour using a money transfer service, the power to the store would be cut off.</p>
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The caller posing as a Hawaiian Electric Co. employee delivered a spiel with convincing detail, right down to his correct pronunciation of Hawaiian place names and an in-depth knowledge of how the utility's billing system worked.

The voice informed Young Laundry & Dry Cleaning General Manager Mike Drace that the laundry company failed to pay a monthly electric bill for one of its Hono­lulu stores and had ignored several warnings to clear up the arrears. Unless Drace paid the bill within the hour using a money transfer service, the power to the store would be cut off. Login for more...



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