Hawaii is being bombarded by scam phone calls

Hawaii is being bombarded by scam phone calls
(Image: Jon Jon Ulep/Twitter)
(Image: Jon Jon Ulep/Twitter)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - At this point, who hasn't gotten a phone call in Hawaii from a scammer with an area code that's oh-so-close to 808?

Some are even reporting getting several of the calls daily.

The two area codes being used: 809, or the Dominican Republican, and 818, or Los Angeles.

If you get one of these calls, experts say, don't answer it.

Jason Kama, marketing director for the BBB in Hawaii, said the calls are similar to those that people reported last year. They came out of an illegal call center in India that was eventually shut down.

In one of the scams, callers pose as IRS tax collectors and demand payments.

In the past, they've told people to pay by wire transfers or gift cards.

Residents have also reported getting scam phone calls about an expiring car warranty.

Kama's advice: Let any phone number you don't recognize go to voicemail. That way, you can review it and see if you should take action.

And if you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, be very suspicious.

Kama said the IRS won't contact you by phone. The exception, a new one this year: The IRS is now allowed to use collection agencies to seek overdue tax payments.

Finally, if you do get a message from someone claiming to be from the IRS, don't call that number back. Instead, look up the number for the IRS and call that one instead.

You can find contact information for the IRS by clicking here.

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