Phishing Scam Operating Under Local Number

  
     
Over the last two days, Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau has received at least 8 Phishing Scam reports linked to a local number.
June 15, 2017

Palm Trees

Honolulu, HI – June 15, 2017: Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau has received at least 8 reports, this week, of a phishing scam coming from an 808 Hilo number. Consumers are reporting receiving a call, from an 808 number, prompting them to press 1 to lower their credit rates and threatened that if they do not do so, their credit rates will increase. Once they press 1, they are transferred to a call center where they are asked to supply their social security number and banking information.

The scammers behind the phishing scam are not asking for payment, yet. This means that for now, the scam is gathering information for use in future frauds or Identity Theft.

President and CEO, Gregory Dunn states, “Because these calls are appearing on caller ID as a local number, consumers here in Hawaii are much more likely to answer the call even if they don’t necessarily recognize the number.”

Some of the numbers reported with this scam include –

  • 808-889-0500
  • 808-427-5152
  • 808-427-5149

Hawaii’s BBB offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves from phishing scams.

  • Never answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. If it is a legitimate contact, they will leave a message. Even if a scammer leaves a message, this will give you time to think about what is being asked of you. And, never return a scam call.
  • Never give out any personal identifying information over the phone when you are not sure of the caller.
  • If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam or any other phishing scam, contact your bank and credit card companies immediately. Check your account daily - the earlier you identify unauthorized charges on your accounts, the easier it will be to recover any lost money.
  • Place your number on a do not call list.

Any scam should be reported using the BBB Scam Tracker.

ABOUT BBB: For more than 70 years, Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.

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