The Kauai Police Department is urging residents to be aware of a new scam on the island targeting kupuna, ages 60 and older.
A subject, posing as a fire prevention representative, has been asking residents to enter their home to check on smoke detectors, according to police. This is not the proper protocol for the Kauai Fire Prevention Bureau.
“The Kauai Fire Department will not make prior phone contact or show up unannounced to someone’s home,” said fire chief Robert Westerman in a statement. “Fire officials are urging the public to be watchful and report anything suspicious to police.”
Police believe scammers are targeting kupuna who are eligible for the Fall Prevention and Wellness Program offered by the Agency on Elderly Affairs in partnership with the Kauai Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Hawaii State Department of Health.
Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry said: “Do not let anyone into your home that you don’t know or don’t have a scheduled appointment with. If you see anything suspicious, try to remember as many details as possible because any information could be helpful in a follow-up investigation.”
Key details to take note of include the type of car a suspect is driving, their license plate number and the suspect’s appearance.