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Big Island police warn of possible handyman scam

KONA, Big Island (KHNL) - The Hawaii Police Department is warning the public about a possible handyman scam in the Kona area.

A Kona resident reported that a local man approached him at his home Saturday morning and offered to help him with a pool of transmission fluid on his car.

The stranger first told the man it would cost $300 to repair the vehicle and later raised the cost to $2,500. 

The resident became suspicious and did not give the stranger money. His car was later determined to be in perfect working order with no leaking fluids. 

The stranger is described as between 35 and 45 years old,  5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 with a thin build. He was operating a newer sports-utility vehicle and was with a woman and a young boy.

Police warn the public to be cautious about being approached by a "handyman" knocking on doors and offering to help with repairs. 

Residents are encouraged to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 to report any suspicious activities.

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