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Hawaii DPS warns of latest extortion scam, claiming ‘Inappropriate internet use’

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Honolulu, HAWAII — The Department of Public Safety has issued a warning about the latest scam reported in Hawaii.

Officials say a man told authorities that he got a strange text message from someone claiming to be a “Sergeant Anderson” with the Sheriff Division Internet Crimes Task Force.

The scammer said the man would be arrested for inappropriate internet use unless he paid an undisclosed amount of money.

DPS wants to remind the public that Sheriffs do not call, text or email people asking for personal information or to solicit payment electronically or via a phone call.

You should never give out personal information and/or credit card details over the phone, especially to anyone claiming to represent a law enforcement agency.

Anyone who gets a similar message is urged to report it by calling the state’s Sheriff Division at 586-1352.

The FBI recently put out a warning to the public about an increase in scams during the COVID-19 pandemic as people are losing jobs, being ordered to stay at home and may be facing financial hardship.

Read more at Hawaii News Now