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Hawaii County police warn of credit card scam

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Hawaii County police have issued a warning about a credit card scam.

Several citizens have reported receiving suspicious messages on their cell phones, police said. A recorded message claims that the recipient’s credit card or debit card has been deactivated due to a security breach and directs the recipient to press "1" to reactivate the card.

Upon pressing "1," someone comes on the line, usually a person with a foreign accent, police said. The person asks for confidential financial information, such as the card number, expiration date and other information that could lead to identity theft.

Police urge anyone who receives such a call to hang up without providing any information. In addition, people should call their wireless service provider to find out how they can block future nuisance calls from that number.

 

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