HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A recent spate in spam calls from scammers alleging to be government officials has prompted the State Sheriff Division to issue a warning to residents.
In the scam, impersonators claiming to be deputy sheriffs call Hawaii residents to tell them that sheriffs are being sent to arrest them because of a missed court date. The scammer then tells victims that they can pay court fines over the phone.
In three recent incidents, the scammer identified themselves as "Deputy Walker."
The Sheriffs do not call people about missed court dates or warrants related to jury duty. They will also never request personal information or any form of payment over the phone.
The department also advises Hawaii residents against providing credit card numbers or any other personal information to callers claiming to be representatives of the courts, or any other law enforcement agency.
The Sheriffs Division asks that residents who receive similar calls contact them at 808-586-1352.