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Hawaii attorney general warns of Keiki ID kit scam

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    Hawaii Attorney General Russell Suzuki

The state Attorney General’s office is warning the public of a scam after learning that someone posing as an employee of the department is going door-to-door asking Honolulu residents if they are interested in scheduling an appointment for a Keiki ID kit.

While the department is one of many public and private organizations that provide Keiki ID kits as a community service, Hawaii Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki said the department does not conduct in-home meetings for the kits. Residents should call 911 and report any visitors to their home introducing themselves as a representative regarding the Keiki ID kit.

The Keiki ID kit, which includes a photo, fingerprints, a dental chart for a dentist to fill in, and a DNA sample from a strand of hair, is a valuable tool for law enforcement searching for missing children. The child’s family — not the department – keeps the information collected in the Keiki ID kit.

The department’s Missing Child Center-Hawaii works in partnership with the nonprofit Friends of the Missing Child Center-Hawaii to offer the Keiki ID kits to the public at scheduled community events, such as the 25th Annual Children & Youth Day this Sunday at the Hawaii State Capitol.

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Additional information on keeping children safe is available on the MCCH website.

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