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Hawaii residents warned of scam involving sheriff impersonators

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

State officials want to warn the public about a scam involving impersonators posing as sheriffs. 

In recent cases, these impersonators identified themselves as captains or lieutenants from the “Sheriff Department,” “Honolulu Sheriff Department” or “Sheriffs’ Office” and told recipients they were wanted on a warrant for failing to show up for jury duty. They then advised them to go to the Honolulu District Court to meet with Sheriffs to clear the warrant.

The caller also offered to clear the warrant in exchange for payment by phone. 

Officials want to remind the public that sheriffs not call people about warrants related to jury duty and will never ask for personal information or payment over the phone.

Several victims said the callers had southern drawls or accents.

Authorities are investigating this as a second-degree theft case.

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