The Hawai`i Police Department is warning the public about possible internet scams involving political candidate websites.
In a recent case reported to police, the suspects reportedly created a “fake” social media account for a local political candidate, very similar to the candidate’s actual social media account.
The suspects then transferred images from the actual account to the fake account and were also able to gain access to the candidate’s followers. The suspects then began soliciting money under the guise of the candidate’s campaign.
The public is reminded to never provide any personal information over the phone or on-line, including birthdates, social security numbers, credit card information, and bank account information to anyone whose identity they have not confirmed.
If you believe you are contacted by a person, either by phone or on-line, involved in a scam, please call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 to report the activity.