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Kauai police warn of police donation scam

The Kauai Police Department is warning the public of a phone scam asking for donations on its behalf.

According to recent reports, callers are being asked by a person from an unknown number to donate money to the Kauai Police Department. Kauai police confirm that this is a scam, and the department does not operate in this manner.

“If you are contacted by someone who claims to be a police officer or a representative of the Kauai Police Department and is demanding money, hang up immediately,” said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry in a press release. “The Kauai Police Department does not, nor do any of our non-profit affiliations, solicit for donations over the phone. If you suspect a scam, please call police and make an official report.”

Kauai police offer residents the following scam prevention tips:

>> Do not answer or return calls from unknown numbers.

>> Use caution when responding to unsolicited calls or e-mails, or unknown individuals on social networking sites.

>> Check your bank, credit card and phone statements regularly. If you see an unknown or unauthorized charge, immediately notify your bank or service provider.

>> If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

>> Senior citizens are popular targets for scam artists as they tend to be more trusting of unknown individuals. Responsible family members should help to keep them safe.

If you suspect a scam, call the Kauai Police Department at 241-1711 and file an official police report.

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