Hawaii News Digest, 10 October 2017, 0545 UTC, Post #15744.
Reporter: Damon Tucker.
Accessed on 10 October 2017, 0545 UTC.
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The Hawaiian Electric Companies on Maui and Hawaii Island have started a month-long effort to alert subscribers about “a recent spike in aggressive phone scams targeting electric customers.”
Here’s what to look for if you receive one of these telephone scam calls:
- “If you receive a call from someone saying they’re from Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric or Hawaii Electric Light and demanding immediate payment over the phone or via prepaid debit cards, it’s a scam.”
- “If the caller says your account is delinquent and threatens to shut off your power immediately unless payment is made, it’s a scam.”
- “If the caller asks to meet you to pick up a payment, it’s a scam.”
“Simply hang up if you receive such a call, and dial the customer service line that is printed on your electric bill or listed on your company’s website. Do not call the number displayed on your caller ID, even if it says “HECO,” “MECO” or “HELCO.”
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